• Short Summary

    Chinese and other Asian peoples have been preparing to celebrate the lunar New Year of the Pig which begins at midnight tonight, 26/27 January 1971.

  • Description

    Chinese and other Asian peoples have been preparing to celebrate the lunar New Year of the Pig which begins at midnight tonight, 26/27 January 1971.

    In Hong Kong and Saigon the streets are being decorated, buildings are getting new coats of paint, the graves of ancestors are being spruced up, flowers and plants are being sold in extravagant abundance in the last days of the Year of the Dog.

    The Year of the Dog ends Midnight on 26 January; the Year of the Pig begins with the first minutes of the 27th January. And Chinese throughout the world, but specially in Hong Kong, will be celebrating with the biggest feasts and parties of the year.

    In the People's Republic of China there is an official policy of austerity and the authorities have issued the customary warnings against over-indulgence. But there have been good harvests this year, national and international tension is relaxed. Radio Peking has complained that in Kwangsi people are spending heavily on food and drink in preparation for the festival. In Hong Kong, thousands of Chinese have arranged to go to friends and relatives in the People's Republic to help them celebrate the New Year.

    In Saigon the temples are being painted, the altar brasses are being polished and the joss sticks unpacked for the festivities. Devout Chinese and Vietnamese are cleaning up the graves of their ancestors. Flowers and plants are being brought into the city in even more profusion than usual.

    But Vietnam is still at war. The people of Saigon have not forgotten the TET (New Year) Offensive. And troops still patrol the streets checking the identification papers of civilians.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA955EMEPC8O7M83S1LN8WYZ8JE
    Media URN:
    VLVA955EMEPC8O7M83S1LN8WYZ8JE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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