(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today joined U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) and more than 65 colleagues in introducing a House Resolution seeking to recognize the cultural and historical significance of the Lunar New Year to the Asian American community.
“Lunar New Year is the most significant time of the year for the Asian American community,” said Meng. “It is observed by millions of Asian Americans and the number of people and communities in the U.S. that mark the celebration only continues to grow. 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. 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.”
In addition to recognizing the cultural and historical significance of Lunar New Year, Meng’s resolution would express the deepest respect for Asian Americans and all individuals throughout the world who celebrate the holiday. The measure, which details the history and customs of Lunar New Year, would also wish Asian Americans and everybody who observes the Lunar celebration a happy and prosperous new year.
A copy of the resolution can be viewed here.
Lunar New Year, which commemorates the heritage, culture, and contributions of Asian Americans, is a joyous time for families to come together and celebrate the occasion. The holiday is also observed with community activities and cultural performances.