The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement today on the Vietnamese New Year:
“In the days ahead, the Vietnamese community in Canada and around the world will mark Tết Nguyên Đán, the Lunar New Year, and welcome the arrival of the year of the Rooster, which in 2017 is also known as the year of the Fire Rooster.
“As family and friends get together and share special meals, Tết Nguyên Đán is an occasion to reflect on the past year and celebrate the arrival of spring.
“This year, as we celebrate our country’s 150th anniversary, let us take the opportunity to honour the many cultures, traditions, and beliefs that make Canada such a wonderful place to live. Vietnamese Canadians have made enormous contributions to Canada and have helped make it the strong and diverse place it is today.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those marking this occasion a very happy New Year.
“Chúc mừng năm mới.”