Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivers a speech to a festival reception at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 14, 2018. Xi Jinping, on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, extended Spring Festival greetings to all Chinese people Wednesday. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)
BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping stressed reunion and unity of families in achieving national prosperity and rejuvenation during his Spring Festival speech on Wednesday.
"During the Spring Festival, when members of a family get together, we feel that reunion is happiness and unity is strength," said Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.
Family has always been valued by the Chinese people, Xi said.
"Harmony in a family makes everything successful," said Xi.
"We should nurture and practice core socialist values, foster the traditional virtues of the Chinese nation, and love both family and the country," Xi said.
Xi urged the people to integrate their personal and family dreams with the Chinese Dream.
"We should pool the wisdom and strength of more than 1.3 billion Chinese people in more than 400 million households to strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era and realize the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation," he said.
The Spring Festival, or the Lunar New Year, is regarded as the most important traditional festival for those of Chinese origin, characterized by family reunions, feasts and performances.