President Obama Extends Lunar New Year Greetings

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

President Obama recently expressed his best wishes to all Americans celebrating Lunar New Year this year.

In the video message, Obama recalled growing up in Hawaii and seeing the Lunar New Year celebrations, including “parades, fireworks and gatherings.” He praised the holiday as the perfect reminder of the many unique traditions, perspectives and cultural backgrounds that make America a “melting pot.”

He also stressed the importance of immigration reform, stating that Americans should work together to pass an immigration bill that can “expand opportunities for more people to study, and serve, and contribute to our nation.”

You can watch Obama’s 2015 Lunar New Year greeting below:

This year marks the Year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat. You can learn more about this zodiac animal’s characteristics in our previous Lunar New Year post.