Spring Festival, the biggest Chinese family reunion


BEIJING: The Spring Festival is the most important traditional Chinese festival with a history that dates back to thousands of years. It is celebrated by all Chinese across the world. Chinese people travel home for family reunions during the Spring Festival. The tradition is associated with Chinese culture of family, in particular, no matter where a person works and lives, his or her life is rooted in homeland and his or her soul is always connected with the family. Watching the Spring Festival Gala and enjoying a family feast on New Year’s Eve is the highlight of the celebrations. The Spring Festival Gala, a televised variety show that broadcast from 8 p.m. till midnight on the Chinese New Year’s Eve, has been an integral part of the Spring Festival since 1983. The show, a mix of comedy acts, songs and dance, acrobatic and magic, represents the highest level of entertainment by top-notch performers, who are selected through many rounds of audition. The Gala encompasses arts of Han and 55 ethnic minorities, representing a fusion of modern and traditional art as well as demographics in various localities. It is tailored to amuse Chinese people of all ages from all walks of life, from all over China and around the world. For example, while young people enjoy pop music performed by their favorite singers, the senior citizens burst into laughter with cross talk or comedy sketches. People also try their luck by joining the live lottery of red packets. Over 20,000 artists performed in 2019 after yearlong preparations. Celebrities compete for the honor of performing on the Gala stage for the largest audience in the world. Songs debuted here often go viral, with actor and singers sometimes making a direct entry to stardom after the Gala show. The themes of the shows, in particular, in comedy sketches, resonate the most topical issues in people’s work and life over the past year, such as family life, migrants, and school choice, and people oftentimes find it both amusing and inspiring. The five-hour-long show is the best opportunity to understand what happened in China in the past year, since it’s an epitome of ethos of people, and signifies the momentum of social and economic development in China. The Gala is also joined by artists from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. For example, Louis Liu (Liu Qian) made headlines in 2009 for his magic show and later become the first Chinese to win the Golden Grolla AwardMaster of Magician. As technology advances, the stage expands as well. In recent years, the Gala has broadcast from separate studios in other parts of China such as Guangzhou, Xi’an, and Xichang. Chinese diaspora in Europe, the United States, and Africa, tune in to the live streams to join the celebrations, as a way of connecting with the homeland and reminiscing about their old days back home. – The Daily Mail-Global Times News exchange item