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Velazquez on the Lunar New Year

Velázquez on the Lunar New Year
February 12, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) issued the following statement recognizing the start of the New Lunar Year:

“The Lunar New Year is a time to celebrate, pay tribute to ancestors, honor a year of hard work, and welcome in the all the possibilities a new year can bring. Our Asian and Asian American communities are integral to the soul of New York City, and I am proud to see this celebration continue to enrich our city’s vibrant cultural tapestry.

            “The beginning of this new year carries particular significance, especially in light of the difficulties the Asian American community has faced throughout this pandemic. The targeted attacks levied against our neighbors over the past year are abhorrent and must be denounced by all. Racism and discrimination have no place in our great city.

            “Though festivities this year may look different, it is my hope that the spirit of this beautiful holiday remains unwavering. I wish all my friends and neighbors across New York City prosperity, good luck, and many fond memories to come as we welcome in the Year of the Ox.”