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Performers were crossing their fingers going into the penultimate dress rehearsal of the CCTV Spring Festival Gala on Tuesday. With the festival eve looming, nerves are starting to strain. As the most prestigious showcase for China's top performers, the Spring Festival Gala has no shortage of established acts queueing up to appear. But the gala always reserves some spots for the unknowns and the up-and-coming to make their national breakthroughs.
penultimateadj.1Next to last.2 n.The next to the last.
dress rehearsaln.A full, uninterrupted rehearsal of a play with costumes and stage properties.
Spring Festival GalaGalaa gala ballthe gala life of the very rich
Gala She starred at a fund-raising gala. gala a gala nighta gala night
prestigious adj. Having prestige; esteemed.
1A display case or cabinet, as in a store or museum.
2A setting in which someone or something may be displayed, especially to advantage.
In theatrical language a showcaseis a production designed to display usually unknown performers, and the verb showcaseis used to refer to the act of exposure, whether of new talentshowcase showcase His productions showcased black singers but didn't cut them in on the lucrative action (James Wolcott)or of established stars
The Spring Festival
New Year's Eve; eve of lunar New Year
The Lantern Festival
lucky money, gift money; money given to children as a lunar New Year gift red packets (cash wrapped up in red paper, symbolize fortune and wealth in the coming year.) In Song Dynasty, adults gave coins wrapped in red paper to childrens a lunar new year gift to protect them from evil.Parents give their children lucky money in red envelopes.Lucky money for you.