As Chinese at home and abroad are celebrating the Spring Festival, or the Lunar New Year, people around the globe also take it as an opportunity to learn more about the Chinese culture and tradition.
The Spring Festival this year, which fell on Feb. 8, marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey, according to the Chinese zodiac that assigns one of 12 animals, either real or mythological, to each year.
In other countries, the most festive season in China has also become a bridge for cultural exchange with the Asian giant.
On Tuesday, the Chinese Lunar New Year festivity filled the air at the Lincoln Center when the New York Philharmonic, which started the tradition to host an annual Lunar New Year concert in 2012 to celebrate the cultural heritage of China and honor the Chinese-American community, was playing classical pieces by Chinese composers.
What stunned the audience most was the final piece, also the New York premier of Chinese composer Tan Dun's symphony "Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women". It was not just a multi-layered symphony with sheer sonic grandeur and a triumphant finale, but an audiovisual masterpiece aimed at preserving a disappearing ancient language used exclusively by some women in south central China's Hunan Province.
According to official statistics, China's Ministry of Culture has organized more than 800 events to celebrate last year's Spring Festival in over 320 cities in 118 countries and regions.
China has so far established 25 cultural centers abroad, in a bid to promote the Chinese culture and strengthen cultural exchange and cooperation with other countries.
In November 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Singaporean Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong unveiled the China Cultural Center during a visit to the city state, which shares cultural roots and maintains close relations with China as a predominantly ethnic Chinese society.
Phua Kok Khoo, president of Singapore's China Friendship Association, spoke highly of China's efforts in promoting its culture and tradition.
From China's traditional thoughts of "peaceful coexistence" and "seeking harmony in diversity", Xi has proposed such ideas as peaceful development and win-win cooperation to handle international issues, said Phua, who was invited to a welcoming dinner for the Chinese president.
With the promotion of the Chinese tradition and culture, China has clearly shown the whole world its future direction of development, he said.