US President Joe Biden sends Lunar New Year wishes
US President Joe Biden sent greetings on Tuesday to those celebrating the arrival of the Lunar New Year.
Biden tweeted that he and his wife, Jill Biden, “were able to celebrate Lunar New Year with White House staff” on Monday, while attaching a group photo of them posing under red lanterns hung in a lobby.
“We send our warmest greetings to everyone celebrating – and we wish you peace, prosperity and health for the year ahead,” he wrote.
US Vice President Kamala Harris released a short video on Tuesday to mark the Lunar New Year.
“For people around the world and here at home, the Lunar New Year is a time of joy, the joy of being with family and friends,” Harris said.
“The Lunar New Year is a time of celebration, a celebration of culture and the warmth and love of community,” she continued. “And this is a time of hope, hope for a new year and a new beginning.”
This Lunar New Year ushered in the Year of the Tiger, a Chinese zodiac animal that Harris described in the video as “the symbol of strength, confidence and courage.”
“Happy Lunar New Year,” she said. “I wish you all happiness, health and prosperity. Take care of yourselves.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that he was sending “his best wishes to those in the United States and around the world celebrating the Lunar New Year.”
“May the Year of the Tiger bring opportunity, success and good health to all,” Blinken added in a statement.
Lunar New Year, commonly known as the Spring Festival in China, is a celebration of the arrival of spring and the start of a new year on the lunisolar calendar.
It is the most important festival in China and it is also celebrated in many parts of the world, including the United States.
Lunar New Year celebrations returned this year to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on the Potomac River in Washington, DC.
Around 100 stunning winter lanterns, made up of 10,000 colorful LED lights and made by Chinese artisans, are displayed outdoors at REACH at the Kennedy Center, providing a whimsical experience for visitors.
The Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC also sent Lunar New Year greetings to its fans by sharing a lighthearted clip on Monday that showcases the activities of a tiger and giant pandas living at the renowned facility.
The year of the tiger, according to the Chinese zodiac, runs from February 1, 2022 to January 21, 2023.