Since 1983, Chinese New Year's Eve Special on TV (春节联欢晚会)
has gradually transformed from a "side dish" to
the "main course" of New Year's Eve Dinner (年夜饭).
Together with the reunion dinner, the firecrackers in the
midnight, the TV Special has become one of the three highlights
of the Eve. When you consider Chinese New Year's Eve is the
highlight of the year, picture the importance of this telly
program in the life of millions and millions of Chinese.
In recent decades, families having a series of special meals
on Chinese New Year's Eve (春节连环晚饭) while watching the TV
Special (春节联欢晚会), awaiting the firecrackers to announce the
arrival of new lunar year, has grown into a new tradition
in Chinese life, which connects one family to the whole nation,
even though in a rather passive way.
Flying Fairies - A scene
of the New Year's Eve Special
In recently few years, following the rapid increase in the
Internet population in China, a new cultural phenomenon
has quietly developed from this new tradition: synchronized
online commentaries on the TV Special contributed by Netizens
from all walks of life. One of the most influential forums
of such is on "xinhuanet.com" hosted by a mysterious
ID called "Witness" (見證) who for three years, behaving
like a comet, emerged just shortly before the commence of
the Special, and disappeared soon after that, while his presentations
and remarks are one of those that are most amusing. The
synchronized online commentary may one day become the fourth
highlights of Chinese New Year's Eve, which connects individual
to the whole world, and in a very proactive way.
New Year's Eve Dinner
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