Senator Boxer on the Lunar New Year   

Wednesday, February 14, 2007  

This year, the Asian Lunar New Year falls on February 18, 2007.

The Lunar New Year is considered one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures and is celebrated by people throughout the world each year.

The Lunar New Year celebrates the importance of family.  Before the observance begins, families perform traditional rituals to pay respect to their elders and ancestors and to wish for good luck, health, happiness and prosperity in the coming year.  The end of the Lunar New Year, 15 days later, is often celebrated with a lantern festival.        

America is rich with the influences of many cultural traditions.  In California, the Asian American community plays a vibrant and important part of our state‚Äôs history.

I extend my very best wishes for an auspicious New Year!

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer, US Senator, California
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer