The Chinese New Year is fast approaching, and for the first time, the nation is about to embrace a new way to celebrate the traditional holiday.   A musical based on the biblical story of Ruth is being performed nationwide. Christian artists are hoping the messages may bring more unbelievers to faith in Jesus.  This is a performance that has never been seen before in China! During the Chinese New Year holidays, theatergoers will have the opportunity to see the story of Ruth on national stages. An Unknown Story Many have never heard of the story, which is centered on the true love relationship between Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi. The show's producers are hoping the play may improve family relationships. Modern Chinese newlyweds often have difficulties getting along with their in-laws. Without proper guidance on solving the conflicts, families sometimes split up.  For many young Chinese women, maintaining family unity can be challenging. "As a woman, pleasing my mother-in-law is my top priority," one woman said. "I don't want my husband knowing his mom doesn't like me."  Family strife is one of the reasons for the rising divorce rate in China. According to a state media report, nearly 4 million Chinese couples ended their marriages in 2016, a 5.6 percent increase from 2014. Christians are hoping young Chinese may glean a biblical perspective from the performance. The story shows how to maintain strong family relationships.  "We've worked hard to make the play biblically accurate," costume designer Feng Zhen said. (The) younger generation enjoy(s) the theater. We are making efforts to make the story more relevant to them."

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