|A resident releases a gold carp onto a lake in Ha Noi on the Kitchen
God Day. Attendees to the lecture on Sunday will learn about the Kitchen
God ritual and Kitchen God Day celebration. — Photo vnexpress.net
HA NOI (VNS) — On Sunday, the Friends of Vietnam Heritage will host a lecture on the Ong Tao ritual – Kitchen God Day celebration, from 6pm to 8pm.
The Kitchen God or Ong Tao ritual signals the start of preparations for Tet. This celebration marks the day when the three kitchen gods, the advocates of the family, travel on the back of a carp to the Jade Emperor, the King of Heaven.
The kitchen gods then report to the Jade Emperor on the good and the bad of the family.
Professor Le Van Lan will explain the origins and rituals of Tet to attendees. The group will then participate in sending the three kitchen gods, a new set of clothes (made of paper) which will be burnt as an offering to them.
After the offering of new clothes, attendees can then release live fish to carry their family's report into West Lake. The group will then return to learn about and experience a wide range of traditional Tet foods.
Cost: VND250,000 for adults, VND125,000 for students with current ID, VND100,000 for accompanied children under 15 years. Price includes one live fish, a buffet style selection of Tet traditional dishes and one soft drink or tea.
Limit: 40 people. Register: John at firstname.lastname@example.org. — VNS