The fifth rehearsal of CCTV’s 2020 Spring Festival Gala. Photo: Handout
The fifth rehearsal of CCTV’s 2020 Spring Festival Gala. Photo: Handout

What’s the deal with CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala? Why China’s Lunar New Year’s Eve variety show holds the Guinness World Record for most-watched TV programme in the world

  • Chinese households traditionally tune into the CCTV New Year’s Gala, or Chunwan, nicknamed ‘China’s Super Bowl’, during Spring Festival reunion dinner
  • Hong Kong singers like Anita Mui and Andy Lau have made appearances, and Alibaba’s Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat introduced a virtual red packet giveaway in 2015

The fifth rehearsal of CCTV’s 2020 Spring Festival Gala. Photo: Handout
The fifth rehearsal of CCTV’s 2020 Spring Festival Gala. Photo: Handout
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