[Photo] Yen So Fish Market bustles ahead of Kitchen Gods ceremony

Every year before the “Ong Cong - Ong Tao” ceremony, Yen So Fish Market in Hanoi is crowded with small traders and people looking to buy red carp.
[Photo] Yen So Fish Market bustles ahead of Kitchen Gods ceremony

On the early morning of January 12 (the 21st day of the last month of the lunar year), the atmosphere at Yen So Fish Market is filled with the red colour of carp.

Red carp is considered one of the most important and indispensable offerings at Kitchen Gods ceremony. The Vietnamese believe there are three Kitchen Gods in their houses, and carp serve as their means of transport to heaven so they can report to the Jade Emperor. Before the 23rd day of the last month of the lunar year, Yen So Fish Market (Hoang Mai, Hanoi) - one of the largest fish markets in northern Vietnam is crowded as small traders and people come to buy red carp.

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On the early morning of January 12, the Yen So Fish Market, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi, is crowded as small traders and people come to buy red carp for the Kitchen Gods ceremony.

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Yen So Fish Market is one of the largest fish markets in northern Vietnam.

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Yellow and red carp are the two main types of fish for sale at the market.

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A small trader at Yen So Fish Market noted some points to consider when choosing to buy fish ceremony, such as: choosing to buy fish without peeling scales or a broken tail. When making a purchase, it is necessary to observe whether the fish swims well and dives deep or not. You should buy fish with long tail, bright eyes.

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The price of fish this year at the market dropped sharply.

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The price is VND 90,000-120,000 per kilogramme for premium fish, while the standard quality is about VND 60,000 per kilogramme.

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Both types of fish are imported mainly by traders from the provinces of Hai Duong, Nam Dinh, Vinh Phuc, and Phu Tho.

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These days, there are hundreds of small traders coming from all over the world to buy fish for retail at small markets.

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Small traders ride bikes to transport fish to the inner market areas of Hanoi.