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.
GV Street festooned - HONG KONG (NIGHT EXT.)
SV Pig decorations in lights (2 shots)
SV Shop window display
SV PAN..People queue outside immigration office (2 shots)
SV Clerk checking and stamping identification cards (2 shots)
GV Kowloon railway station
GTV Saigon, people in central market area
SV & CU painter paints temple gates
CU Old man polishing brass statuettes (3 shots)
SV Man washing grave of ancestor (2 shots)
SV Woman at graveside
CU TILT up..gravestone with picture
SV Old woman and man (with joss sticks) praying
SV Young girl with fortune teller (3 shots)
SV Flowers being unloaded from truck (2 shots)
SV Children stealing tangerines from plants unloaded from lorry (3 shots)
CU Small boy eating tangerine
SV Children running away
LV Helicopter in flight
SV Soldier checks civilian's papers in Saigon street (3 shots)
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Background: 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.