happy lunar new year from the white house

Happy Lunar New Year! Here's a special video greeting from Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, with warm wishes of peace and prosperity for you and your family in the Year of the Rabbit:

"Those born in the Year of the Rabbit enjoy being surrounded by relatives and loved ones. So let's all join in giving thanks for good health, the wisom of our ancestors, and the company of family and friends in this new year."

Here's also a brief statement by the President on the Lunar New Year:
I send my best wishes to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and all who celebrate the Lunar New Year across the United States and around the world.

As people of all cultures and faiths welcome in the new year, let all of us celebrate our families and our ancestors, and enjoy the company of our loved ones. Across America, in large cities and in small towns, many will mark this occasion with festive celebrations. Many Americans of Asian descent will carry on the rich traditions of their heritage, reminding us again that America's strength comes from the richness of our cultures and the diversity of our people.

I wish all who celebrate the new year peace, prosperity and good health.
Indeed, let me echo that. Peace, prosperity and good health to you and your loved ones in the Year of the Rabbit!

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