Friday, February 08, 2013

President Obama Marks The Lunar New Year

President wishes "peace, prosperity and good health and fortune" to all those welcoming the Year of the Snake...
The White House on Friday issued a statement from President Obama marking the Lunar New Year, sending "warmest wishes" on behalf of himself and First Lady Obama to all those welcoming the Chinese Year of the Snake on Sunday, Feb. 10th.  The holiday is one of the most important in Chinese culture, and celebrated with family reunions and feasting.  Noodles are often served because they represent long life in China, and during his visit to Beijing in 2009, President Obama participated in a noodle-making demonstration with  President Hu Jintao while attending a dinner at the Diaoyutai State Guest House.
 
In his Lunar New Year message, the President noted that "in Chinese tradition, the snake represents wisdom, and "a thoughtful approach to tackling the challenges before us." 

He added that he hope these principles will "guide us as we perfect our union and create a more just and equal future for every American."

"Our challenges may be great, but our diversity and the traditions that thrive here give us the strength to meet them," President Obama said. 

"To everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year, I wish you peace, prosperity and good health and fortune."

The President's full message:

"Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those who will be celebrating the Lunar New Year this Sunday, February 10th.  Here in America and around the world, people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent will welcome the Year of the Snake.  In Chinese tradition, the snake represents wisdom, and a thoughtful approach to tackling the challenges before us – principles that I hope will continue to guide us as we perfect our union and create a more just and equal future for every American.  Our challenges may be great, but our diversity and the traditions that thrive here give us the strength to meet them.  To everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year, I wish you peace, prosperity and good health and fortune."

*Photo by Pete Souza/White House