[Vietnamese Traditional Festivals] Kitchen God Festival

On the twenty third day of the twelfth lunar month, Vietnamese people are bustling to prepare and decorate their house for a new year of peace. This is the time to celebrate Kitchen God festival. He is also called as “Mr. Kitchen” who has merit of managing the fireplace for each family; hence, On the twenty third day of the twelfth lunar month, Vietnamese people usually buy carp fish and worshiping items for incense burning. Then, the Kitchen God returns to Heaven to report the activities of every household over the past year to the Jade Emperor. The Jade Emperor, emperor of the heavens, either rewards or punishes a family based on Kitchen God’s yearly report.

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A tray for Kitchen God

Many customs are associated with the Kitchen god, especially defining the date of the “Kitchen god festival”, also known as “Little New Year”. It is noted that the date differed depending on the location.

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Carp fish are gifts wishing three Kitchen God return to Heaven safe and sound.

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