Lawmakers call for Lunar New Year to be declared a government holiday
By TOI Team February 3, 2022 Update on : February 3, 2022
According to a measure introduced by Rep. Grace Meng, a New York Democrat, Lunar New Year, which is celebrated by many Asian communities, may become a new government holiday.
The suggestion comes amid a troubling trend of anti-Asian sentiment even during the coronavirus outbreak, which has resulted in an increase in brutal assaults all across the nation.
If enacted, the proposed legislation would declare Lunar New Year the 12th federal holiday, and the first as President Biden passed a bill making Juneteenth a national holiday the year before.
About two-thirds of Asian Americans from China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam celebrate Lunar New Year, which began on February 1 this year.
The most celebrated Asian event in the world is the Lunar New Year, which has been honored for thousands of years. The 2022 Lunar New Year began on Tuesday, Feb. 1, ushering in the Year of the Tiger, which represents boldness, generosity, and vitality. Missouri Governor Mike Parson has signed a proclamation celebrating the Lunar New Year holiday.
Happy Lunar New Year! In the year, Lunar New Year occurs on Tuesday, February 1, however, the festival usually lasts several days. The Lunar New Year often called as the “Spring Festival” as well as other titles throughout the globe, is a huge event in several East Asian and Southeast Asian countries..
The occasion is rich in customs that differ by culture from bright red envelopes loaded with money to light festivals, dragon dances, and regional delicacies, the Lunar Celebration and enjoyed in several ways across the world. You can also read more about Domestic Violence Help.
As a Korean-American, I connect the Lunar New Year with my father’s handmade tteokguk, a korean Traditional rice cake soups connected with the Lunar New Year.