• Short Summary

    IN VIENTIANE, ON SATURDAY (11 MAY), LAOTIANS CELEBRATED THE COMING THE MONSOON SEASON IN TRADITIONAL FASHION WITH A ROCKET FESTIVAL.

  • Description

    IN VIENTIANE, ON SATURDAY (11 MAY), LAOTIANS CELEBRATED THE COMING THE MONSOON SEASON IN TRADITIONAL FASHION WITH A ROCKET FESTIVAL. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED AT A HUGE, WOODEN LAUNCHING RAMP TO SEE THE ROCKETS, SOME OF WHICH WERE MORE THAN THIRTY FEET LONG.

    A CARNIVAL ATMOSPHERE PREVAILED AT THE FESTIVAL, AN ANNUAL AFFAIR, WITH MUSICIANS PROVIDING A SUITABLE BACKGROUND ACCOMPANIMENT AND THE CROWD JOINING IN THE SPIRIT OF THINGS WITH SONGS AND DANCING.

    THEN CAME THE ROCKETS, CARRIED CAREFULLY TO THE LAUNCHING SITE, WITH A GREAT DEAL OF CEREMONY. THE FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR THE LAUNCHING WERE CARRIED OUT IN A PRECARIOUS POSITION, ATOP THE LAUNCHING RAMP.

    IN THE TRUE TRADITIONS OF ROCKETRY, NOT EVERY LAUNCHING WAS SUCCESSFUL, BUT THE CROWD SEEMED TO ENJOY THE MISFIRES ALMOST AS MUCH AS THE SUCCESSFUL FIRINGS. THE CHILDREN, PARTICULARLY, WERE MORE INTERESTED IN THE MISFIRES BECAUSE IT GAVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A HURRIED AND SOMEWHAT DANGEROUS DASH TO THE RAMP, TO COLLECT THE UNBURNT GUNPOWDER.

    IN LAOS, THE FIRING OF ROCKETS SIGNIFIES FERTILITY AND IS BELIEVED TO ENSURE A BOUNTIFUL SEASON, WITH PLENTY OF RAIN FOR THE NEWLY PLANTED CROPS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3W28QP0Y1NUD9FZ995DG36JI8
    Media URN:
    VLVA3W28QP0Y1NUD9FZ995DG36JI8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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