• Short Summary

    THE RIGHT-WING ARMY GROUP WHICH SEIZED POWER IN THE LAOTIAN CAPITAL OF VIENTIANE TODAY (SUNDAY), IS CONSOLIDATING ITS POSITION.

  • Description

    THE RIGHT-WING ARMY GROUP WHICH SEIZED POWER IN THE LAOTIAN CAPITAL OF VIENTIANE TODAY (SUNDAY), IS CONSOLIDATING ITS POSITION. A RADIO ANNOUNCEMENT AFTER THE TAKE-OVER, SAID THE PRIME MINISTER, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, HAD HANDED OVER THE 'REVOLUTIONARY COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL ARMY.' DIPLOMATIC SOURCES IN SINGAPORE SAID HE HAD BEEN ARRESTED, BUT TONIGHT, PRINCESS SOUVANNA PHOUMA, WHO IS IN PARIS, SAID SHE HAD RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM VIENTIANE, SAYING THAT HER HUSBAND HAD BEEN RELEASED, ALONG WITH ANOTHER NEUTRALIST WHO HELD THE PORTFOLIO OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS IN PRINCE SOUVANNA'S GOVERNMENT.

    THIS FILM TAKEN RECENTLY IN THE ROYAL CAPITAL OF LUANG PRABANG, IN NORTHERN LAOS, SHOWS LAOTIANS CELEBRATING THE FESTIVAL OF THE NEW SOLAR YEAR, BY TAKING PART IN A SERIES OF PROCESSIONS. AT THE ROYAL PALACE OF KING SAVANG VATTANA, HUNDREDS OF DISTINGUISHED GUESTS ASSEMBLED FOR THE BACCI CEREMONY - A CEREMONY OF WELCOME. AMONG THE GUESTS: PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, WHO HAD JUST RETURNED FROM A 10-DAY VISIT TO HANOI, NORTH VIETNAM AND PEKING, AND GENERAL PHOUMI NOSAVAN, THE LEADER OF THE COUNTRY'S RIGHT-WING FACTION. (ITS REPORTED THAT GENERAL NOSAVAN, WHO WAS DEFENCE MINISTER IN THE FORMER COALITION GOVERNMENT, WAS SIMPLY A 'PRIVATE CITIZEN' AS FAR AS TODAY'S COUP WAS CONCERNED.)
    FOR THE GENERAL POPULATION, THE CELEBRATION OF THE FESTIVAL OF THE NEW SOLAR YEAR, RANGES FROM DISPLAYS OF DEEP RELIGIOUS PIETY TO RECKLESS WATER DRENCHING BATTLES BETWEEN BOYS AND GIRLS ON THE BANKS OF THE MEKONG RIVER. (MANY A ROMANCE IS SAID TO SPRING FROM THESE PLAYFUL BATTLES.) AT THE SAME TIME SAND CASTLES ARE 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. MANY LAOTIAN PRINCES ATTENDED THIS CEREMONY, DURING WHICH THEIR SHIRTS ARE TORN OFF BY GIRLS AS A SIGN OF PURITY.

    DURING THE CEREMONY IN THE ROYAL PALACE, PIECES OF YELLOW THREAD WERE DISTRIBUTED TO GUESTS, WHICH THEY TIED AROUND THEIR WRISTS TO DRIVE AWAY EVIL SPIRITS.

    THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL IS BELIEVED TO HAVE ITS ORIGIN IN ANCIENT FERTILITY RITES, WHEN WATER WAS THROWN TO ENSURE A PLENTIFUL SUPPLY OF RAIN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACPT9S2BZ93UQ4FD1DF5BNI3FE
    Media URN:
    VLVACPT9S2BZ93UQ4FD1DF5BNI3FE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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