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Congresswoman Grace Meng reintroduced a resolution on Monday that seeks the House of Representatives’ recognition of Lunar New Year, as the Asian Community celebrates the holiday today. 

Lunar New Year, which celebrates the heritage, culture, and contributions of Asian Americans, is the most significant time of the year for the Asian Community, said Meng. This year marks the Year of the Pig.

“Each year, more and more Americans, and more communities throughout the U.S., recognize and celebrate Lunar New Year,” said Meng. “With the holiday becoming more popular, and with the Asian American community continuing to grow, the time is right for the House to acknowledge this important celebration.”

Meng said officially recognizing Lunar New Year would also show the House’s appreciation for the rich cultural and ethnic diversity that exists across the nation.

“I look forward to my resolution moving through the legislative process and I urge all of my colleagues to support it,” said Meng.

Meng’s resolution would recognize the cultural and historical significance of Lunar New Year, and 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 all who observe the Lunar celebration a happy and prosperous New Year.

Additionally, Meng on Tuesday will mark the anniversary of Lunar New Year becoming a school holiday in New York City, a public school holiday that she played a role in creating in 2016. The Congresswoman first proposed closing New York City schools for Lunar New Year when she was a member of the New York State Legislature in 2009.

Meng’s resolution has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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