Hundreds of people snatch money on Saigon street
On August 17, hundreds of young people and children in HCM City carried baskets to catch small change thrown by families and companies after worshipping wandering souls on Ram Thang Bay (15th day of the 7th lunar month – the day for wandering souls).
|Many people gathered at the corner of Tran Hung Dao-Phung Hung Street in District 5, preparing to “rob” small change and food delivered by a company.|
|In Saigon, many wealthy families, shops, and companies, particularly those run by Chinese Vietnamese, organized huge rituals for the dead, with valuable offerings. They also threw VND1,000, VND2,000 and VND10,000 banknotes to the road.|
|The owner of a shop in District 5, Mr. Tran Huu Thuan, prepared small change totaling VND20 million (nearly $1,000) for the worship ritual on Ram Thang Bay.|
|After the ritual, he threw money on the road, from the 2nd floor of the store.|
|Dozens of people waited with baskets to catch the money.|
|People thought that the more money they collected, the more luck they would get.|