Spring is coming to Europe, and the occasion is marked by many ancient rites that affirm fertility and the budding of new life.
CU: bunch of mimosa PULL OUT TO SHOW flowers in drum majorette's hands.
VG, GV AND SV: brightly-dressed marchers in procession followed by majorettes (3 shots)
SV AND CU: majorettes marching and carnival marchers wearing animal heads. (3 shots)
CU AND SV: crowd holding mimosa as marchers go by. (2 shots)
CU AND SV: girl in crowd watching carnival dancers (2 shots)
CU: majorettes' feel moving past mimosa on ground.
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Background: Spring is coming to Europe, and the occasion is marked by many ancient rites that affirm fertility and the budding of new life. In Yugoslavia, the mimosa flower is the centre of one such observance.
SYNOPSIS: The tiny mimosa blossoms appear in late winter on the Mediterranean coast. It is perhaps the most fragrant of the early spring flowers found in the region, and is given eminence by being paraded in the towns and cities to strains from a brass band.
The origins of the celebration are taught to date from Napoleonic times, but the rite has become a mixture of a variety of spring-time observances with many origins. Some of them first occurred well before the advent of Christianity.
A brass band and a troupe of girls came to Ljubljana from Montenegro to be part of the celebration. They paraded from the Ljubljana town council building to the main shopping centre...and there was dancing in the street.
Many parts of Europe have experienced a particularly harsh winter, and this spring is cause for special celebration.