Fish stalls overrun by worshipers on God of Wealth Day

Saigonese have flooded to Tan Ky Tan Quy Street in HCMC’s Tan Phu District to buy grilled snakehead fish, one of the must have offerings on God of Wealth Day.

The Tan Ky Tan Quy Street have been filled with customers over the past few days as Saigonese lining up in front of stalls to buy grilled snakehead fishes for the God of Wealth Day (Caishen Day or Than Tai in Vietnamese).The God of Wealth, worshipped by many families on the 10th day of the first lunar month (Feb. 10 this year), is believed to control money and finance. People, especially families doing business, pray to Him for wealth and luck for theentire year.Nearly a dozen stalls grilling tons of snakehead fish, a God of Wealth Day specialty, started selling at 4 a.m. to meet the high market demand.

Tan Ky Tan Quy Street has been filled with customers in the past few days as Saigonese line up in front of stalls to buy grilled snakehead fish for the God of Wealth Day (Caishen Day or Than Tai in Vietnamese).
The God of Wealth, worshipped by families on the tenth day of the lunar year (Feb. 10 this year), is believed to bring good fortune to their business and family through the year.
Nearly a dozen stalls grilling tons of snakehead fish, a God of Wealth Day specialty, started selling at 4 a.m. to meet the high market demand.

Nguyen Trung (M) reveals his stall has been running at fully capacity over the past two days.Every year, I import about 3,000 snakeheads (five tons) from Binh Dien wholesale market for the God of Wealth Day, the 68-year-old man reveals.

Nguyen Trung (M) reveals his stall had been running at full capacity over the past two days.
“Every year, I import about 3,000 snakeheads (five tons) from Binh Dien wholesale market for the God of Wealth Day,” the 68-year-old said.
In the south, people usually make offerings of fruit, flowers, votive paper, incense, grilled meat and, unfailingly, grilled snakehead fish.

Thousands of grilled snakehead fish are neatly arranged on the shelves inside Trungs stall. Employees are hard at work pre-processing fish, preparing vegetables and making sauce. Normally, the shop only has a few employees, but on this occasion, the owner said he mobilized nearly 30 staff.

Thousands of grilled snakehead fish are neatly arranged on the shelves inside Trung’s stall. Employees are hard at work pre-processing fish, preparing vegetables and making sauce.
Normally, the shop only has a few employees, but on this occasion, the owner said he mobilized nearly 30 staff.

Smoke fills a corner of the street, which was packed with customers since Thursday morning.Depending ont the size, the price for each grilled snakehead fish ranges between VND170,000-200,000 ($7.49-8.81). This price, according to many stalls, increased slightly over the previous year.

Smoke fills a corner of the street, packed with customers since Thursday morning.
Depending on size, each grilled snakehead fish costs between VND170,000-200,000 ($7.49-8.81). This price, according to many stalls, increased slightly over the previous year.

Hang, a Tan Binh District resident, buys two grilled fishes on God of Wealth Day.Because I am a business owner, worshiping the God of Wealth is very important to me.

Hang, a Tan Binh District resident, buys two grilled fish on God of Wealth Day.
“Because I am a business owner, worshiping the God of Wealth is very important to me.”

After the customer has finished selecting the fish, it will be garnished with green onion and roasted peanuts before being wrapped in foil. According to the tradition, worshippers must offer a whole fish without scraping off the scales or removing the tail

After the customer selects a fish, it will be garnished with green onions and roasted peanuts before being wrapped in foil.
According to the tradition, worshipers must offer a whole fish without scraping off the scales or removing the tail.

Around 8 a.m., the surge in number of visitors causes traffic jam on Tan Ky Tan Quy Street.

Around 8 a.m., the surge invisitor numbers causes a traffic jam on Tan Ky Tan Quy Street.

By Quynh Tran for http://www.E.VNExpress.net

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