• Short Summary

    The people of Laos were able to celebrate the Festival of the New Solar Year without a background of civil war for the first time in twenty years.

  • Description

    The people of Laos were able to celebrate the Festival of the New Solar Year without a background of civil war for the first time in twenty years.

    Laotian coalition government swore allegiance to the King and the State only two weeks before. The coalition followed months of tough negotiations between Prince Souvanna Phouma's government and the pro-communist Pathet Lao.

    Prince Souphanouvong, the Pathet Lo leader has recently returned from North Vietnam. he is to be President of a newly formed council which will prepare the country for general elections.

    The two Princes sat together with the King and Queen at the evening's royal celebrations. The children throwing water at passing motorcyclists and drivers had no worries about affairs of state.

    Many romances are said to spring from water drenching battles between girls and boys on the banks of the Mekong Rover. Sand castles are also built on the banks of the river to appease the Gods. They are inscribed with signs of the zodiac and topped with colourful paper streamers. Laotion Princes attend this ceremony during which their shirts are torn off by girls as a sign of purity.

    There are also carnival processions where people throw water over the feet of a monk in a pagoda.

    The festival is believed to stem from ancient fertility rites when water was thrown to ensure a plentiful supply of rain.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6MEI6I97R1ZAKMDIFODCZAMXC
    Media URN:
    VLVA6MEI6I97R1ZAKMDIFODCZAMXC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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