Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today issued the following statement on the occasion of the Vietnamese New Year:
“This week, Vietnamese communities in Canada and around the world will celebrate the Lunar New Year, also known as Tết Nguyên Đán, and welcome the Year of the Tiger.
“Tết Nguyên Đán, more commonly known as Tết, is the most important holiday of the year for Vietnamese communities. A time of renewal, it celebrates the start of a new year and the arrival of spring. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and successes of the past year and to look to the year ahead with optimism, joy and hope.
“To usher in the New Year, family and friends typically gathered to honor their ancestors, enjoy special meals, and exchange gifts, greetings, and best wishes for the coming year. Although the festivities could still be different this year as we continue to follow public health guidelines to keep ourselves and our communities safe, we can always be inspired by the tiger, which symbolizes strength and courage.These values have guided Canadians through difficult times , and I know they will continue to inspire us as we move forward.
“The Vietnamese New Year is an opportunity to recognize the many contributions Canadians of Vietnamese descent have made – and continue to make – to our country, including on the frontlines of the pandemic. It is also an opportunity for all of us to learn more about their rich culture, customs and traditions, which help make Canada a better, more diverse and vibrant place to live. Diversity is our country’s strength, and together we will persevere to build a better, fairer and more inclusive Canada.
“On behalf of all Canadians, I wish all who celebrate health, good fortune and prosperity during the Year of the Tiger.
“CHÚC MỪNG NĂM MỚI”