Jan. 27, 2020 By Allie Griffin
Rep. Grace Meng introduced a resolution to recognize Lunar New Year in the House of Representatives Friday, a day before the start of the celebration on Saturday.
The resolution aims to recognize the cultural and historical significance of the holiday in 2020, the year of the rat.
“Lunar New Year is the most significant time of the year for the Asian American community,” Meng said.
Millions of Asian Americans celebrate Lunar New Year and the overall number of people who observe the holiday is growing larger each year.
“Given its enormous increase in popularity, and the fact that Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States, I believe it is time for the House to formally appreciate this annual observance; passing my resolution would go a long way towards providing Lunar New Year with the Congressional recognition it deserves,” Meng said.
Meng’s resolution expresses respect for Asian Americans and all individuals throughout the world who celebrate Lunar New Year and wishes them a happy and prosperous new year.
“I look forward to shepherding this measure through the House, and I’m pleased to send my warmest wishes for good fortune, health, success, and happiness to all who ring in the Year of the Rat – here in Queens and across the nation.”