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H.Res. 115 (114th): Recognizing the cultural and historical significance of Lunar New Year.

The text of the resolution below is as of Feb 13, 2015 (Introduced).


IV

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 115

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 13, 2015

(for herself, Ms. Chu of California, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Honda, Mr. Lieu of California, Ms. Matsui, Mr. Israel, Ms. Speier, Mr. Peters, Ms. Bordallo, Ms. Titus, and Ms. Lee) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

RESOLUTION

Recognizing the cultural and historical significance of Lunar New Year.

Whereas Lunar New Year begins on the second new moon following the winter solstice, or the first day of the new year according to the lunisolar calendar, and extends until the full moon 15 days later;

Whereas the 15th day of the new year, according to the lunisolar calendar, is called the Lantern Festival;

Whereas Lunar New Year is often referred to as Spring Festival in various Asian countries;

Whereas many religious and ethnic communities use lunar-based calendars;

Whereas Lunar New Year began in China more than 4,000 years ago and is widely celebrated in East and Southeast Asia;

Whereas the Asian diaspora has expanded the Lunar New Year celebration into an annual worldwide event;

Whereas Lunar New Year is celebrated by millions of Asian Americans, and by many non-Asian Americans, in the United States;

Whereas Lunar New Year is celebrated with community activities and cultural performances;

Whereas participants celebrating Lunar New Year travel to spend the holiday reuniting with family and friends; and

Whereas Lunar New Year is traditionally a time to wish upon others good fortune, health, prosperity, and happiness: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives—

(1)

recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Lunar New Year;

(2)

in observance of Lunar New Year, expresses its deepest respect for Asian Americans and all individuals throughout the world who celebrate this significant occasion; and

(3)

wishes Asian Americans and all individuals who observe this holiday a happy and prosperous new year.