Donald Trump: Congratulations to Chinese New Year

Chinese people worldwide welcomed the Year of the Rat. U.S. President Doanal Trump, First Lady Melania, delivered a congratulatory message to congratulate the Chinese New Year.

On Friday, New Year’s Eve, Trump posted a New Year message on the White House website, wishing Chinese New Year to the world:

 

Melania and I extend our warmest greetings to those celebrating the Chinese New Year in the United States and around the world.

We take this opportunity to celebrate the Year of the Rat with millions of people around the world and welcome a new year full of opportunities that will have a positive impact on the lives of others. While Asians celebrate this special day with traditional forms of fireworks, food and reunion with loved ones, we wish them happiness, health and prosperity in the new year.

In addition, we would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to Asian Americans for their many contributions to continuously enriching our national culture, strengthening our economy, and strengthening our national defense capabilities. Their tremendous contribution to the United States is a rather unique part of our history and identity.

Happy New Year!

Chinese New Year, also referred to as Lunar New Year, is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in mainland China,and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. Observances traditionally take place from the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February.  In 2020, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Saturday, 25 January, initiating the Year of the Rat.

Chinese New Year is a major holiday in China, and has strongly influenced Lunar new year celebrations of China’s neighbouring cultures, including the Korean New Year (seol), the Tết of Vietnam, and the Losar of Tibet. It is also celebrated worldwide in regions and countries with significant Overseas Chinese or Sinophone populations, including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar,[Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Mauritius, as well as many in North America and Europe.

Chinese New Year is associated with several myths and customs. The festival was traditionally a time to honour deities as well as ancestors.Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the New Year vary widely,] and the evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is frequently regarded as an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Another custom is the decoration of windows and doors with red paper-cuts and couplets. Popular themes among these paper-cuts and couplets include that of good fortune or happiness, wealth, and longevity. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. For the northern regions of China, dumplings are featured prominently in meals celebrating the festival. It often serves as the first meal of the year either at midnight or as breakfast of the first day.