• Short Summary

    HONG KONG, LIKE THE REST OF THE CHINESE CITIES ALL OVER THE WORLD, CELEBRATED THE NEW YEAR THIS WEEK WITH THE USUAL COLOUR AND NOISE.

  • Description

    HONG KONG, LIKE THE REST OF THE CHINESE CITIES ALL OVER THE WORLD, CELEBRATED THE NEW YEAR THIS WEEK WITH THE USUAL COLOUR AND NOISE.

    THE YEAR OF THE HORSE FADED AWAY AND THE YEAR OF THE RAM (RETIREMENT AND PEACE) WAS HEARALDED IN. THE CHINESE BELIEVE THE ANIMALS HAVE GREAT INFLUENCE IN THEIR LIVES AND THAT IS THE REASON WHY EACH YEAR IS NAMED AFTER ONE OF THEM. THE YEAR OF THE OX, TIGER, HARE, DRAGON, SNAKE AND HORSE HAVE PASSED AWAY AND TO COME ARE THE YEARS OF MONKEY, COCK, DOG AND PIG.

    THE CHINESE BELIEVE THAT THIS YEAR, THE YEAR OF THE RAM, WILL BRING PEACE AND TRANQUILLITY TO THE TURBULENT WORLD.

    AS MARKS EVERY CHINESE FESTIVAL OCCASION CRACKERS ARE A MUST. MILLIONS OF THEM ARE BURNT TO HERALD IN THE YEAR. THE CHINESE BELIEVE THE MORE CRACKERS ONE BURNS THE GREATER WILL BE THE CHANCE OF ACHIEVING WHAT THEY WANT DURING THE YEAR. EACH FAMILY TRIES TO OUTDO THE OTHER BY MAKING THE MOST NOISE WITH CRACKERS, CYMBALS AND FIREWORKS.

    HONGKONG CHINESE ARE NO DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS. CRACKERS FIRING IN THIS BRITISH COLONY MADE IT LOOK LIKE A BATTLE ARENA. FROM THREE YEARS OLD CHILD TO THE OLD MAN IN THE ROCKING CHAIR JOINED IN THE FUN AND MADE MERRY. GUNPOWDER SMOKE INDREGNATED THE AIR AND THE STREETS WERE LITTERED AS A RESULT OF THE CRACKERS. BUT FOR THE SWEEPERS AND CLEANERS, IT WAS'NT A HOLIDAY. THEY WERE FAST BUSY CLEANING THE CITY OF THE LITTER.

    FOR THESE PEOPLE THE HAPPENINGS ON MAINLAND CHINA DID'NT SEEM IMPORTANT AS EVERY MAN, WOMEN AND CHILD, IN THEIR BEST ATTIRE, LOOKED FORWARD TO A PROSPEROUS YEAR -- A YEAR OF RETIREMENT AND PEACE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4FJU1N5BUY4AZQKUN3FXMONI1
    Media URN:
    VLVA4FJU1N5BUY4AZQKUN3FXMONI1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/02/1967
    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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