Statement by the Green Party of Canada – Chinese New Year 綠黨恭祝大家春節快樂

OTTAWA – Today marks the beginning of Chinese New Year. The Green Party of Canada wishes all Canadians happiness and prosperity during this time.

“It is important to reflect on the many contributions that Chinese-Canadians have made to Canadian culture and heritage,” said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich – Gulf Islands. “The Year of the Sheep symbolizes harmony, balance, and peace in Chinese culture. We must continue to work towards those ideals in all endeavors.”

February 19, 2015, begins the Year of the Sheep. The holiday lasts 15 days and is the most important date in the Chinese calendar. It is celebrated with parades, dragon dances, the exchange of gifts, and spending time with family.