OTTAWA – The Green Party of Canada extends good wishes to Chinese communities in Canada and around the world today as celebrations begin to welcome the Year of the Ox. This important holiday, also called the Spring Festival, will continue for a couple of weeks, culminating with the Lantern Festival on February 26.
In Chinese culture the ox is respected as a hard working animal that plays an important role in agriculture and represents the attributes of diligence, persistence and honesty.
“Normally, during this festive time, friends and families gather to enjoy parades, feasting and fireworks, but this year many celebrations will be dampened by pandemic restrictions,” said Green Party Leader Annamie Paul. “We hope that despite the challenges, people will find unique ways to enjoy this special time.
“We encourage Canadians to learn more about their Chinese neighbours during these celebrations. Candians in the Chinese diaspora have a long history in this country and their contributions have enhanced and enriched Canadian society and our shared cultural heritage.
“To all those celebrating, we wish you a joyful, prosperous new year. 恭喜發財 Kung Hei Fat Choi!”
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