For the first time, United Nations headquarters has celebrated the Spring Festival or Chunjie in Chinese – the most important holiday for the global Chinese community – by hosting a Lunar New Year concert.
Suzhou Symphony Orchestra from east China's Jiangsu Province staged the concert at the UN General Assembly Hall on Friday evening.
In a speech before the concert, the 73rd United Nations General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces stressed the "power of arts" as it transcends the boundaries of different nations and civilizations.
She expressed gratitude that China brought the joyful atmosphere and the carnival spirit of the Chinese New Year to "the heart of the UN."
Well-known Chinese folk songs, including "Jasmine Flower" and "Dance Song of the Yao Tribe," were featured in addition to classic pieces by J. Strauss Jr and Tchaikovsky.
(Video source: CGTN)