Both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued messages Tuesday celebrating the start of the Lunar New Year with wishes for “health,” “prosperity” and “happiness” - just in different orders.
Trump wished those celebrating the “sacred time for many people of Asian descent” and the Year of the Pig “health, prosperity, and happiness” – while Pelosi wished them “health, happiness and prosperity.”
Melania and I send our greetings to those celebrating the Lunar New Year.
Today, people across the United States and around the world mark the beginning of the Lunar New Year with spectacular fireworks displays, joyful festivals, and family gatherings. This is a sacred time for many people of Asian descent, and it is an opportunity for all Americans to honor the important contributions these communities have made to the story of American greatness.
As families, friends, and loved ones gather to welcome the Year of the Pig, we join in sharing our best wishes for good health, prosperity, and happiness.
“The Lunar New Year is a joyous time of reflection, celebration and optimism for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the country and around the world. As we welcome the Year of the Pig, we draw inspiration from the beauty and diversity of our immigrant heritage and the remarkable contributions that AAPI families have made to San Francisco and to our nation.
“Every year, San Francisco’s streets are made even more vibrant and festive as we celebrate and welcome the Lunar New Year. As home to one of the largest AAPI communities in America, San Francisco knows that the beauty is truly in the mix. The rich tapestry of traditions and cultures that define our community strengthens and enriches us, and moves us to honor those who make our community grow and thrive.
“In the spirit of the Year of the Pig – characterized by prosperity and good fortune – we commit ourselves to advancing progress for all Americans. We must embrace the hope of this festive season to honor our values and work to provide a brighter future of all Americans. Together, we can ensure the blessings of family, community and equal opportunity are a reality for everyone. I offer my warmest wishes for a year of health, happiness and prosperity to all.”