On the evening of January 20th, more than 50,000 armymen and civilians gathered at the Great Hall of the People in Peking to celebrate the traditional Spring Festival -- the Chinese lunar New Year.
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Background: On the evening of January 20th, more than 50,000 armymen and civilians gathered at the Great Hall of the People in Peking to celebrate the traditional Spring Festival -- the Chinese lunar New Year.
Chairman Liu Shao-chi, Vice-Chairman Soong Chin-ling, Premier Chou En-lai, Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Teng Hsiao-ping and other party and state leaders receive outstanding men and women in various fields and representatives of families of revolutionary martyrs and of liberation armymen. Thy extend festival greetings to the people of all nationalities and of all walks of life, and to the commanders and fighters of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.
The whole hall is permeated with festive rejoicing.
Hundreds of delightful programmes are performed.
A performance match by these two table-tennis players, whose ages put together is only 15, wins enthusiastic acclaim.
Renowned table-tennis player Chung Tse-tung and Chang Hsieh-lin are also on the spot to give everyone a show.
Underscoring the evening's festive celebrations, which lasted deep into the night, is the unity of the army and the people, the army's love for the people, and, in return, the people's support for the army.