Posted: 09 Feb 2010"The CCTV Spring Festival evening gala is to many Chinese like turkey on Thanksgiving, not necessarily the most delicious part of the celebration, but without it, the festive atmosphere of the occasion is missing. So despite countless complaints and criticisms of the four-hour made-for-TV-event that typically sports a seemingly endless array of over-the-top, slightly-outdated costume performances, it is still at the core of most Chinese families' annual routine in welcoming in the New Year. The evening gala began in 1983 and has been a tradition ever since. ... The 2010 CCTV Spring Festival evening gala will be broadcast on CCTV1 at 8pm [1200 UTC] on February 13, Lunar New Year Eve. It will be simultaneously broadcast on CCTV9, CCTVE and CCTVF with English, Spanish and French subtitles." Mao Renjie, Global Times (Beijing), 8 February 2010.
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