More than a billion people watched the state broadcaster CCTV's Lunar New Year gala - a major spectacle that features some China's biggest name performers. .
But, this year was a little different. For the first time in its 53 years, a foreigner was was the headliner in the gala.
Canada's Celine Dion sang the traditional folk song "Jasmine Flower" as a duet with Chinese Soprano Songh Zuying in flawless Mandarin.
She also performed her international hit "My Heart Will Go On." from the Hollywood blockbuster blockbuster Titanic.
Although some people might wonder why a billiion Chinese citizens might want to listen to a 44 year old singer belt out a song from a movie released 15 years ago, it shouldn't come as complete surprise.
Last year Hollywood released a 15th anniversary 3D version of Titanic. Although North Americans mainly ignored the new release, the film brought in more than $156 million in China. .
"I had wonderful people in the studio with me helping me understand the meaning of the song. But even in between the lines, between what you're singing, you have to feel the music.
You have to feel the passion," she said. "It's every difficult to pinpoint passion. It's very difficult to pinpoint emotion. This is something that is around us. And I think it lives through music."
Dion acknowledged the differences between herself and her Chinese counterparts, but added that the passion for performance goes past language and culture.
"We have different Cultures, different ways of singing, and at the end of the song, at the end of the day, we both mean the same. We both want to do our best," she explained.
"We want to both serve the music, and celebrate the New Year, and wish people the very est of health and the very best of luck and wonderful time in the new year to come."
Here is a gap fill song activity for all of you who love, Titanic, Celine Dion and the song My Heart Will Go On. Enjoy it. Gong Xi Fa Cai to all my Mandarin speaking students, and Gong Hey Fat Choy to my Cantonese speaking students.