• Short Summary

    Thousands of excited Tunisians crowded the city streets Mar 28 to cheer President Bourguiba as he toured the European quarter and covered Arab souks (markets), at the end of Ramadhan - Moslem month of abstinence.

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    Thousands of excited Tunisians crowded the city streets Mar 28 to cheer President Bourguiba as he toured the European quarter and covered Arab souks (markets), at the end of Ramadhan - Moslem month of abstinence.

    His car was repeatedly brought to a halt by dense crowds, and merchants pressed gifts upon him. Offerings ranged from bunches of flowers to a magnificent silver casket of jewellery. Climax to the Presidential tour was a tumultuous welcome from 50,000 people assembled in Bab Souike square.

    This has been the most unique Tunisian Ramadhan since the establishment of the Moslem faith 13 centuries ago. Traditionally, devout Tunisians have previously denied themselves food, drink, tobacco and forms of indulgence, from dawn to sunset, for a period of thirty of days. As a result, they tended to over-indulge and under-sleep in the night hours, and Ramadhan was a period of little constructive work.

    President Bourguiba - a progressive Moslem - decided Ramadhan was "a beautiful custom" that paralyzed activity and could not be afforded in Tunisia; he condoned his break with long-established customs by showing that Mohammed accepted expediency as an excuse for breaking fast. "Break the fast and you will be stronger to confront the enemy."
    So Tunisians - who have already accepted abolition of the woman's veil, and polygamy, and who tacitly ignored Ramadhan in any case - accepted the Presidential order. But this did not prevent a full-blooded celebration at the abolished fast's termination.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA25OISIJYSURTWF3YND1MGPRCJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA25OISIJYSURTWF3YND1MGPRCJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/03/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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