Every Lunar year, on December 23rd, Vietnamese people worship Ong Tao (the Kitchen God) and set free carps to see him off to the Heavenly Palace. According to a traditional belief, the god on this day straddles a carp to fly to heaven to report on family affairs to the Jade Emperor.
Releasing the fish into rivers, lakes and ponds is considered a beautiful activity, and increasingly large numbers of young volunteers call upon the public to protect the environment, as they participate in this tradition.
Viet Nam News photographer Viet Thanh captured the traditional activities in Ha Noi on Thursday.
A family prepares to set free gold carps from Long Bien Bridge.