• Short Summary

    THE TET OR LUNAR YEAR, WILL BE CELEBRATED BY THE VIETNAMESE ON TUESDAY (JAN 30).?

  • Description

    THE TET OR LUNAR YEAR, WILL BE CELEBRATED BY THE VIETNAMESE ON TUESDAY (JAN 30). FOR THE PAST THREE WEEKS, SAIGON'S CENTRAL MARKET HAS BEEN PACKED WITH LAST MINUTE SHOPPERS, BUSY HAGGLING OVER PRICES.

    THE GOODS ON SALE RANGE FROM SWEETS, CRUNCHIES, PRAWN AND FISH CRACKERS TO PLASTIC AND FRESH FLOWERS, MAINLY CHRYSANTHEMUMS, WHICH SIGNIFY PURITY AND GOOD LUCK CANNED FOODSTUFFS, TOO, ARE IN GREAT DEMAND.

    SHOPOWNERS HAVE ALREADY REPORTED LUCRATIVE BUSINESS. ALTHOUGH THE TET IS ONLY FOUR DAYS AWAY, THEY DO NOT INTEND TO INCREASE THE PRICES. HOWEVER, THEY EXPECT A BIGGER RUSH AT THE ELEVENTH HOUR AS MOST OF THE VIETNAMESE DO NOT GET THEIR SALARIES IN ADVANCE.

    THE VIETNAMESE ARE CHINESE DESCENDANTS....AND AS SUCH, GOOD-LUCK SLOGANS WRITTEN IN GOLD INK ON RED PAPER, ARE TO BE FOUND PLASTERED ON MOST HOMES. GOLD AND RED MEAN GOOD HEALTH AND PROSPERITY.

    SPECIAL STALLS HAVE ALSO BEEN ERECTED IN THE MARKET TO CATER FOR THE VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. PRICES HERE ARE CONTROLLED BY THE ARMY. AND MOST OF THE GOODS ON SALE ARE MANUFACTURE IN THE UNITED STATES.

    MEANWHILE, SOUTH VIETNAM AND HER ALLIES HAVE DECIDED TO SHORTEN THE TET CEASEFIRE TO 36 HOURS -- MAKING IT THE SHORTEST ALLIED TRUCE EVER. THIS WAS BECAUSE OF ALLEGED VIETCONG ATROCITIES DURING THE CEASEFIRE ON JAN 1 -- WHICH THE AMERICANS DESCRIBED AS THE BLOODIEST.

    ON DEC. 15, SOUTH VIETNAM AND HER ALLIES HAD DECIDED TO OBSERVE A 48-HOUR TET TRUCE. THE VIET CONG HAVE ANNOUNCED A SEVEN-DAY TRUCE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2CGAMQPS0LY16A9C54VYWUD9D
    Media URN:
    VLVA2CGAMQPS0LY16A9C54VYWUD9D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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