Today is the 23rd day of the last lunar month. On this day, families across Vietnam bid farewell to Ong Tao (the God of the Kitchen), thanking him for watching over their house for another year. The Kitchen God will begin his trip to visit the Jade Emperor.
Many believe the release of the strong and fast carp into local ponds, rivers and lakes can help transport the Kitchen God to heaven. After finishing its mission, the holy carp will transform into a dragon.
It is said that the God will then report to the Jade Emperor on the life of homeowners and pray for luck, happiness and prosperity for all members of the house in the coming year.
The Kitchen God returns to Earth on New Year's Eve (February 7 this year) and resume his duties as the caretaker of Vietnamese households.
Yellow and red carps are the most sought-after products in local wet markets today. People usually release them after the ritual at their home.
These photos were taken at Yen So Market in Hanoi at 3:30 a.m. on Monday.
Traders at Yen So Market select carps after they are unloaded from trucks. Photo: Ha An
A trader carries rep carps.
Carps unloaded from trucks coming from neighboring provinces of Hanoi
Red and yellow carps are the most popular ones.
A kilogram of red carps is sold at around VND100,000 and yellow carps VND150,000.