The ancient city of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam is preparing to restore the tradition of planting “Cay neu” (Tet pole) – a folk ritual during the lunar New Year holiday, said the city People’s Committee.

More than 50 pagodas, temples, churches along with offices and enterprises have registered to take part.

The pole, often made of a bamboo with a ring and a red scroll on its top planted on courtyards, is believed to help ward off devils during the longest and most important annual festival of Vietnam.

The ceremony is scheduled to start from January 29 th and end on February 6.

Locals also have a chance to participate in a lantern decoration contest during the cerebrations.-VNA