Free the fish: The Vietnamese way to celebrate the Lunar New Year

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Hanoi (dpa) — Fireworks, family dinners and cash-stuffed red envelopes – Lunar New Year traditions vary widely across Asia, but none are quite like Vietnam’s ritual of releasing carp into lakes and rivers. On Friday, March 2, people across Vietnam will release living fish into nearby waters – and also cook up a feast of chicken, spring rolls and other dishes – in a day of traditions held before the Tet holiday begins. The fish are released to pay respect to the so-called “Kitchen Gods”. According to Vietnamese mythology, these three goods ride a carp to heaven every year to report to the Jade …

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