North Vietnam is preparing for the Lunar New Year -- Tet -- with more vigour this year following the signing of the Vietnam ceasefire.
GV Le Duan tours flower market in Hanoi
SCU Le Duan shakes hands with people
CU Flowers (2 shots)
SV Le Duan touring market
CU Medals on soldier
CU INT. Giap shakes hands with officers
SV Giap & official
SV & CU Giap addressing gathering
SV Soldiers applaud ad Giap drinks toast
CU (NIGHT SHOT) Poster of Ho Chi Minh
SV People at rally
CU Official speaks at rally
SV People waving flags
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Background: North Vietnam is preparing for the Lunar New Year -- Tet -- with more vigour this year following the signing of the Vietnam ceasefire.
Nowhere are the preparations more apparent than in Hanoi's famous flower market. The North Vietnamese Lao Dong Party secretary, Le Duan, visited the market to see the preparations and talk to the people, as this officials film shows.
General Vo Nguyen Giap, the Defence Minister who masterminded North Vietnam's war effort, has been attending a round of celebratory functions. He also saw off North Vietnamese officers to join the Joint Liaison Commission in Saigon.
A number of rallies have been held in the North Vietnamese capital to celebrate peace.
SYNOPSIS: This is the famous flower market in Hanoi, capital of North Vietnam.
After the signing of the ceasefire agreement on Saturday, Le Duan, leader of North Vietnam's Lao Dong party, paid a visit to the market.
He saw preparations for Tet -- the Lunar New Year...preparations which are proceeding with more than usual vigour since the signing of the peace agreement. With the threat of further American bombing gone, the crowds in all Hanoi's markets grow daily, and there is more traffic than normal in the streets of the capital.
There have been scores of official functions, too...such as the farewell in Hanoi on Tuesday for North Vietnamese officers bound for peacetime duty in Saigon. The ceremony was attended by North Vietnam's Defence Minister, General Vo Nguyen Giap and civilian officials.
General Giap, who master-minded his country's battle plans against the French, the Americans and the South Vietnamese, said a few words to the officers. The officers were on their way to Saigon, to join the Joint Liaison Committee which will undertake the task of supervising and strengthening the peace.
Under a poster of the late North Vietnamese leader, Ho Chi Minh, workers attended a rally to hear about the peace agreement and what the future might hold. The rally was addressed by political leaders and city officials. They spoke about plans to rebuild the city now that the war is officially over.