During the past week, shoppers in Taipei, the main city of Taiwan, have been stocking up with provisions and gifts for the lunar New Year celebrations on 3 February.
GV New Year shoppers in arcade
GTV Shoppers in store
SV PAN Mechanical band playing
SV INT Shoe shops
GTV People buying gifts
SV PAN Man writing signs (spring couplets)
SV PAN Display of signs
GV Flower stall
SV INT Food store (3 shots)
SV PAN Women buying clothes
GTV Crowd at railway station buying tickets (2 shots)
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This coverage of celebration preparations was supplied by the Chinese Information Service in New York.
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Background: During the past week, shoppers in Taipei, the main city of Taiwan, have been stocking up with provisions and gifts for the lunar New Year celebrations on 3 February. Taiwan is looking ahead to what the Chinese Information Service describes as "another prosperous year"....one which will be called the Year of the Ox.
One of the first indications of the New Year holiday festivities is the appearance of Spring couplets....red signs featuring stock phrases such as "a hundred blessings, a thousand happiness." The couplets are hung prominently on front doors, in the streets, and in shops. The epigrams are always written on brilliant red paper, with gold or black lettering. Red symbolises virtue, truth and sincerity. This New Year season, Taiwanese have been reflecting on the past year which saw a 15 per cent increase in the gross national product and continued support from foreign investors. Some exports were up on previous years, and half a billion dollars worth of farm and fish products was exported.
SYNOPSIS: Shoppers in Taipei, the main city of Taiwan, spent much of last week buying-in supplies needed for their New Year celebrations which began on Saturday.
The lunar New Year is a time when the Taiwanese reflect on the preceding year, and make plans and resolutions for the future. It's a time also for buying gifts for members of the family, and for close friends.
This man is preparing couplets...a form of sign, on which epigrams of stock phrases reflecting the spirit of the season are written.....the red back-grounds symbolise virtue, truth and sincerity.
For many living in Taiwan, 1972 has been a much more successful year than many in the past. The gross national product was up by 15 per cent on 1971, and support from foreign investors increased. Half a billion dollars worth of farm and fish products were exported last year.
At New Year there's a heavy demand for public transport in Taiwan as members of families travel home for reunions.