The following statement was released by Premier David Eby in honour of the Lunar New Year:
“Today, we celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year among many other individuals in British Columbia and around the globe.
We have a lot to look forward to in the coming year as we bid the Year of the Tiger farewell. There is much to look forward to in the weeks and months to ahead, regardless of whether you and your family celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, which stands for generosity and bravery, or the Year of the Cat, which stands for harmony and tenacity.
“Families gather at Lunar New Year to share a meal, visit the elderly, give children red pocket money, and make sure the house is tidy and prepared to welcome the upcoming better days.
“It is fantastic to see communities all throughout British Columbia come alive once more with lively Lunar New Year celebrations after a number of years apart. They serve as a reminder of how lucky we are that so many people have decided to make British Columbia their home. By embracing cultural diversity and recognising the numerous contributions made by Asian Canadians, our province is strengthened.
“As the new year gets underway, let’s keep working together to create a more powerful, inclusive province for everyone.
“To everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year, I send my best wishes for wealth and well-being.
“Kung Hei Fat Choi! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Saehae bok mani badeuseyo! Chúc mừng năm mới!”