After three months of preparation, China's annual TV broadcast for Spring Festival Eve is ready to go.
The event will be broadcast live nationwide and across the world by China Central TV (CCTV) through its two Chinese channels, the English, French and Spanish services and its website at 8 p.m. Beijing time on Wednesday, the eve of the traditional Chinese lunar new year.
The program, which usually runs about four hours, will have a theme of promoting a harmonious society and unity among the people, CCTV said. It said that the show was also aimed at lifting public morale amid the winter disaster.
Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), watched the dress rehearsal on Monday evening. He said that he expected the artists and program workers would give the audience a wonderful evening and create a cheerful beginning to the festival season.
Since the show began in 1983, it has become a tradition for Chinese families to gather around the dinner table and watch together.