Cultural space shows old spirit of Tet in Hue imperial relic site

11:53 31/01/2019
A Tet cultural space was set up in Dien Tho palace on the site of Hue’s ancient citadel on January 29, attracting many local and foreign tourists.
On Jan. 29, the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre relived the Tet pole ceremony that used to take place under the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) to signal that Lunar New Year day preparations can begin.
The elegant music band of the royal court follows the pole, playing old royal music.
Artisans made Banh Chung (square glutinous rice cake) and Banh Tet (round glutinous rice cake) to celebrate the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.
Artisans made Banh Chung (square glutinous rice cake) and Banh Tet (round glutinous rice cake) to celebrate the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.
The event is part of the “Huong xua banh Tet” (Old atmosphere of Tet traditional cakes) programme.
According to local authority, the Hue ancient citadel relic complex – a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site – will be open with free admission for domestic visitors during the first three days of the 2019 Lunar New Year (February 5-7). 
Holidaymakers to the Hue ancient capital city on those days will have a chance to participate in royal games and enjoy calligraphy and martial arts performances, along with traditional dragon and lion dances.
The Hue imperial citadel relic site has been ranked second among the top seven tourist attractions of Vietnam in 2017.
By Thien Minh