Mid-Autumn Festival: China Celebrates Space in Annual Gala

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The China Media Group’s Mid-Autumn Festival Gala was aired Tuesday night, presenting a magnificent visual feast of fireworks and the moon to global audiences with nearly 30 exquisite artistic performances.

The gala consisting of three chapters, offered a blend of traditional elements and advanced technologies, showcasing a panoramic picture of Chinese culture and history. It was simultaneously broadcast overseas for the first time.

The first part of the gala, themed “Moon rises to Mid-Autumn,” attracted audience with various elements of traditional Chinese culture. It includes songs of a traditional Chinese poem about the Mid-Autumn Festival and modern songs integrated with traditional Chinese styles to show affection for the country and family, and songs praising dream seekers.

The second part, themed “Moon and Hometown” includes 12 songs to show people’s nostalgia, a sentiment rooted deep within a nation’s spirit, and affection to the motherland. In this part, a song named “Nostalgia” showed every Chinese people’s homesickness.

Themed “the full moon and the realization of dreams”, the third part of the TV gala included singing and dancing performances and the presence of Olympic champions and gifts from the space. Tokyo Olympic Games gold medal winners Chen Yunxia, Zhang Ling, Lyu Yang and Cui Xiaotong who won the women’s quadruple sculls also showed up on the stage as part of the music program named “Running to You with All My heart”.

The three-part gala was recorded earlier this month in Xichang, capital of the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China’s Sichuan Province and home to the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, and presented on a 360-degree stage, the largest of its kind in the show’s history.

Since the gala was first broadcast live by China Central Television (CCTV) in 1991, it has become overwhelmingly popular among the Chinese diaspora and is now one of the most popular festive TV shows with hundreds of millions annual viewers worldwide.

The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which is Sept. 21 this year.

As one of the traditional Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival is an important time of the year for family reunions. People usually appreciate the moon, visit lantern shows, fly balloon lanterns or have dragon boat races to celebrate the festival.

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