The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom.
This month’s clip is titled ‘New Year Celebrations in Hong Kong’ and shows Lunar New Year celebrations in Hong Kong in 1961.
Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, celebrates the first day of the new year in the traditional Chinese calendar. In this film we can see people getting dressed and ready for the occasion, paying respect to ancestors, setting up decorations, visiting markets, and setting off firecrackers in the street.
This footage was filmed while Hong Kong was part of the British Empire. Learn more about the history of Britain and Hong Kong in our recent learning resource.
With this film, students could consider:
- What different decorations, celebrations, and traditions do you see in the film? Do you know their significance, or can you find out?
- What does this film tell you about people’s lives in Hong Kong during the 1960s? What might it leave out?