WASHINGTON — President Obama recorded a greeting on Jan. 19 in observance of Lunar New Year, which falls on Jan. 23 this year. The message is as follows:
“Michelle and I want to send our best wishes to everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year, including Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
“Growing up in Hawaii, I remember all the excitement surrounding the Lunar New Year — from the parades and the fireworks to the smaller gatherings with family and friends. It has always been a time for celebration and hope.
“And this year, as Americans here at home and around the world welcome the Year of the Dragon, it’s important to remember that our country is stronger because of our diversity. We are richer because of the different cultures that make up this country.
“So to all those celebrating the Lunar New Year, I wish you and your loved ones peace, prosperity, and good health.”