What a beautiful tradition.
HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnamese kicked off preparations for the Lunar New Year festival on Thursday by releasing ornamental carp into rivers and lakes - an age-old ceremony held one week before the “Tet” holiday officially begins.The tradition stems from the fable of three “Kitchen Gods” who ride on the back of a carp before noon to meet a Jade Emperor, to whom they report the affairs of each household.
“Releasing the fish makes me feel better about myself,” said Nguyen Hong Nhung, a resident of Hanoi. “It’s like I’ve done a good deed, so I’ll be luckier in the new year”.
Carp diem: Vietnamese mark Lunar New Year with annual fish release | Reuters