NEWSFebruary 02, 2022

Congress Introduces Legislation to Recognize Lunar New Year as a Federal Holiday

The bill was introduced by congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY).

Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY), a member of the House of Representatives, introduced legislation this past Friday that, if passed, would add Lunar New Year to the list of federally recognized holidays in the United States.

“For Asian Americans, Lunar New Year is an incredibly important, festive and deeply traditional holiday,” Meng said in a statement. “It’s the most significant time of year for the Asian American community, and is celebrated in the U.S. and across the globe.”

She continued, “It has also been observed for thousands of years. With Asian Americans being the fastest growing population in our country, and with the popularity of the holiday continuing to grow, it makes sense to make Lunar New Year a federal holiday. The time has come to make this happen. My bill, coupled with my resolution, would demonstrate that the holiday celebrated by millions is also valued by their government. I look forward to shepherding these measures through the House, and I am excited to wish everyone celebrating a very happy Lunar New Year!”

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