• Short Summary

    EACH COUNTRY HAS ITS OWN CUSTOMS - NATIONAL AND REGIONAL. IN AUSTRIA, ON THE SHORES?

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    EACH COUNTRY HAS ITS OWN CUSTOMS - NATIONAL AND REGIONAL. IN AUSTRIA, ON THE SHORES OF TRAUNSEE, THE VILLAGE OF GMUNDEN THIS WEEK CELEBRATED A STRICTLY LOCAL FESTIVAL AS EASTER APPROACHES - 'LIEBSTATTSONNTAG' - A LUSTY, RUSTIC LIBATION OF LIQUOR AND KISSES FOR ALL.

    A KIND OF VALENTINE'S DAY THAT ANGLO-SAXONS CELEBRATE WHEN THEY CHOOSE A SWEETHEART AND SEND SECRET LETTERS OR TOKENS TO THE OBJECT OF THEIR AFFECTIONS.

    'LIEBSTATTSONNTAG' DATES BACK TO THE 17TH CENTURY AND IS HELD ON THE THIRD OR FOURTH SUNDAY OF EVERY MARCH. ORIGINALLY , THE RICH GAVE FOOD, CLOTHES AND MONEY TO THE POOR. A CUSTOM THAT HAS CHANGED THROUGH THE CENTURIES, AND TODAY ONLY HEARTS ARE EXCHANGED - THEY'RE MADE OF HONEY CAKE.

    LIQUOR - MOSTLY SLYVOVITZ - HOWEVER FLOWS FREELY FROM DRINKING HORNS - FOLLOWED, AND AS OFTEN AS NOT PRECEDED, BY KISSES.

    PEASANTS IN THEIR BEST COSTUMES START THE AFFAIR OFF AFTER ATTENDING A LENT SERVICE AT THE LOCAL CHURCH. THEY MOVE DOWN TO THE MARKET SQUARE GENEROUSLY GIVING THEIR HEARTS AND KISSES TO ALL AND SUNDRY - BYSTANDER OR MOTORIST HALTED BY THE JUBILATION. EVEN THE SWANS AND SEABIRDS ON THE STILL FROZEN TRAUNSEE RECEIVE A TOKEN TO MARK 'LIEBSTATTSONNTAG.'

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5STDB4PODNWJF9DDQROPHCC26
    Media URN:
    VLVA5STDB4PODNWJF9DDQROPHCC26
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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