Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Kitchen God Day (or) Why Vietnamese food is so good

Today, 23rd day of the 12th month of Lunar Year of the Horse, is the Vietnamese 'Kitchen God Day' Ngày Ông Công Ông Táo. Ông Công Ông Táo represents an important remnant of the once strongly animist culture of Vietnam.

The Kitchen God is the most important of the many domestic Gods that protect the health of the family. On this day, just before the Lunar New Year, he returns to Heaven with his chariot of golden carps, to report the culinary activities of every household over the past year to the 'Jade Emperor' Ngọc Hoàng. The Jade Emperor either rewards or punishes the family based on this yearly report.

On this day each family worships Ông Công Ông Táo and holds a special ceremony to see him off to Heaven. For most Vietnamese, both at home and abroad, the watchful eye of Ông Công Ông Táo is part of what helps to maintain the delicious traditional diet.
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