• Short Summary

    BUDDHIST PAGODAS IN THE LAOTIAN CAPITAL OF VIENTIANE WERE GAILY DECORATED LAST WEEKEND AS LAOTIANS CELEBRATED BUDDHA'S 2059TH BIRTHDAY AND THE FERTILITY FESTIVAL.

  • Description

    BUDDHIST PAGODAS IN THE LAOTIAN CAPITAL OF VIENTIANE WERE GAILY DECORATED LAST WEEKEND AS LAOTIANS CELEBRATED BUDDHA'S 2059TH BIRTHDAY AND THE FERTILITY FESTIVAL. THE CELEBRATIONS RANGED FROM THE PRESENTATION OF GIFTS TO BUDDHIST MONKS TO THE LAUNCHING OF HOME-MADE ROCKETS ON THE BANKS OF THE MEKONG RIVER.

    THE ROCKETS WERE FIRST CARRIED THROUGH THE MAIN STREETS OF THE CAPITAL. THE PROCESSION ENDED ON THE BANKS OF THE MEKONG RIVER. THERE THE ROCKETS WERE SET ON LAUNCHING PADS -- MADE OF WOODEN POLES.

    THE FIRING OF ROCKETS IS SAID TO ENSURE A BOUNTIFUL SEASON WITH PLENTY OF RAIN FOR THE CROPS.

    BEFORE EACH FUSE WAS LIT, THE PEOPLE GAMBLED ON WHETHER OR NOT IT WOULD GO OFF.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAN6G8I959QVYY6PLBCZQ37UYO
    Media URN:
    VLVAN6G8I959QVYY6PLBCZQ37UYO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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