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Lunar New Years

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Tet Pole Red Sticky rice - Xoi Gac Vietnamese sauce - Gio Lua Banh Trung

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During Tet, Vietnamese families plant a New Year's tree called Cay Neu in front of their homes. A bamboo pole is often used as a Cay Neu. All the leaves are removed from the tree so that it can be wrapped or decorated by good luck red paper. Legends have it that the red color scares off evil spirits. On the seventh (the last) day of Tet, the Cay Neu is taken down. This is the last ritual of the New Year celebration.
 
 

Published on 1/15/12

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