Captain and flight crew visit Hanoi's Tran Quoc Pagoda to participate in Kitchen God Day celebrations.
On February 1 (December 23 of the lunar calendar), after flying from Nha Trang to Hanoi, Captain Carlos Braganca and the cabin crew of the Vietjet Air flight visited Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi to pray for peace and celebrate the tradition of “Tet Tao Quan” (Kitchen God Day). The Brazilian captain has read a lot of books about Buddhism and is familiar with the traditional festival.
Buddhist monk Thich Thanh Nha, the Abbot of Tran Quoc Pagoda, and the crew set free a flock of birds and a school of carp in Hanoi’s West Lake, on the banks of which the pagoda sits. Local monks have flown with Vietjet Air many times and wished the airline safe flights around the world.
The meaning of “Tet Tao Quan” is all about preparing a grand farewell for the three Deities on their journey to Heaven and the ceremony is held at every Vietnamese household. Tao Quan can only travel up to Heaven with the help of golden carp, and this also expresses the precious nature of Vietnamese people.
“I know from my reading that today is the day when Vietnamese people set carp free, who take the Deity of the Kitchen, the Deity of the Land and the House, and the Deity of the Market to heaven to report to the Jade Emperor,” Captain Braganca said. “We wanted to perform this ritual at Tran Quoc Pagoda, which is a ‘national treasure’ of Vietnam, to report on our outstanding achievements over the last year.”
The flight crew showed their respect at Tran Quoc Pagoda before setting the birds and carp free.
Captain Braganca, Abbot Thich Thanh Nha, and the crew had a conversation at the pagoda about Buddhism. The captain said he was happy to live and work in Vietnam and had tried to study Buddhist philosophy. “You have Buddha’s spirit inside and the determination to enhance Buddha’s wisdom,” Abbot Thich Thanh Nha told the Captain.
“I feel very pleased and happy to perform the rituals in the pilot uniform of a Vietnamese airline, which was created with the goal of helping everyone to fly,” Captain Braganca said.