Honourable Senators, I am pleased to rise today to bring greetings to all those celebrating the Lunar New Year across Canada and around the world.
The Lunar New Year is one of the most significant celebrations in Asian culture. In 2016, the Lunar New Year will fall on February 8. People of Asian heritage living in Canada, including those of Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean descent, will be observing the traditions and customs associated with this special occasion.
As we gather with our friends and loved ones, it is important to take a moment to reflect on the past year and look forward to new opportunities in the future. 2016 is the year of the Monkey on the Chinese Zodiac. The Monkey is gifted with wisdom, curiosity and leadership. We can all find inspiration in these virtues as we continue to work together on behalf of Canadians.
This past Tuesday, the Honourable Senators Dyck, Enverga, Martin, Ngo and myself co-hosted a Lunar New Year event on the Hill. We are putting this event together to celebrate Canada’s cultural diversity. All our traditions and customs become an integral part of the Canadian multicultural fabric.
A number of events are also taking place across the country in the weeks ahead. I invite all Honourable Senators to take part in these celebrations and experience the richness of our multicultural society.
In closing, it is my sincere hope that the New Year brings all Canadians peace, prosperity, and good health.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Thank you, Merci!
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