• Short Summary

    One of the most colourful funfairs in the Communist bloc, the Christmas fair in East Berlin, is proving a major attraction for West Berliners.

  • Description

    One of the most colourful funfairs in the Communist bloc, the Christmas fair in East Berlin, is proving a major attraction for West Berliners.

    Thousands of them crossed the border into the Eastern sector on Sunday ( 7 december) for the colourful spectacle of the market and fair.

    Since the signing of a treaty between East and West Berlin in 1973 allowing freer entry to the East, the Christmas fair has become an increasingly popular attraction each year.

    The fair features fairground attractions --- such as ferris wheels and merry-go-rounds --- along with some of the more traditional signs of Christmas including a giant Christmas tree and enormous displays of toys.

    But there is one noticeable omission. There are no reference to religion and Christian symbols.

    Neither church bells nor religious services are forbidden in Communist-controlled East Berlin. However, ostentatious display of beliefs contrary to the East Germany's Marxist-Leninism is frowned on.

    SYNOPSIS: Christmas time in East Berlin is a colourful affair. Each year an enormous funfair.--- the largest of its kind in the Communist bloc --- is held in the weeks prior to Christmas. And the fair, combined with a market, is proving to be a major attraction for West Berliners who flock across the border in their thousands.

    Children from East and West have the chance to come together on merry-go-rounds, swings and the ferris wheel. And in the best tradition there is a giant Christmas tree.

    But there's one noticeable omission. There are no signs of traditional religious symbols such as nativity scenes. Instead, the emphasis is put on more secular means of enjoyment.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA58ZW6Z1AM9W8PTA0IPNDWZJ7M
    Media URN:
    VLVA58ZW6Z1AM9W8PTA0IPNDWZJ7M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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