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Impressed by the carp release ceremony at Thang Long Imperial Citadel

On the morning of February 2, at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long (Hanoi), the Thang Long Heritage Conservation Center solemnly organized the ceremony "Toss the old and the new".

In the history of the Vietnamese people, our ancestors have always passed down good customs and traditions to maintain the indispensable beauty of the Lunar New Year; Among them, it is impossible not to mention the custom "Tell the old, welcome the new" - which is to put the old away and welcome the new.

This custom is often prepared after sending Mr. Tao back to heaven. That is the time to clean up thoroughly from inside the house to the outside, paint the house, clean the tables and chairs, and prepare food; Get rid of all the bad luck, get rid of the hardships of the old year and make room for the good luck that is coming in the new year.

After a period of research, the Thang Long-Hanoi Heritage Conservation Center coordinated with the Thang Long Cultural Heritage Association to successfully restore this ritual.

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The ceremony of Song and Nghinh Tan was held solemnly
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Vice Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Vu Thu Ha and delegates offered incense at Kinh Thien Palace
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The custom of releasing carp is based on the legend of the carp crossing the gate and turning into a dragon. After the ceremony at Kinh Thien Palace, the carp was released. This custom means to pray for the fertility and development of the ancient Vietnamese people.
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The procession wore traditional costumes such as turbans and turbans
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The carp is stored in a brass pot after the worshiping ceremony and is carried to the ancient river at the archaeological relic site 18 Hoang Dieu to release animals.
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After seeing Mr. Cong and Mr. Tao back to heaven, the procession returned to the Doan Mon area to re-enact the building of the Ne tree on Tet holiday.

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The tree is erected to mark the transition between the new year and the old year, and this custom also carries the meaning of praying for good harvests for the country and its people.
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During the Ly Tran Le dynasty, the custom of erecting a tree was held on December 23 or 25. The tree was erected in front of Doan Mon gate, usually presided over by the king or an official with the rank of Third Grade or higher was required to receive the edict. of the king presiding over the ceremony
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This good custom has been restored in recent years and is considered a traditional cultural symbol of Hanoi during the Lunar New Year.


Trung Nguyen/News Newspaper

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