Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Korean New Year

OTTAWA, Jan. 28, 2017 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement to recognize the Korean New Year, also known as Seollal:

"This week, Korean communities in Canada and around the world will celebrate Seollal and welcome the arrival of the year of the Rooster.

"Seollal is the most important traditional Korean holiday. This joyful time is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed, recognize good fortune, and look to the year ahead with hope and optimism.

"To usher in the Korean New Year, family and friends will gather to celebrate, pay their respects to their elders and ancestors, and enjoy traditional feasts.

"This year, as we celebrate our country's 150th anniversary, let us take the opportunity to honour the many cultures, traditions, and beliefs that make Canada such a wonderful place to live. Korean Canadians have made enormous contributions to Canada and have helped make it the strong and diverse place it is today.

"On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating Seollal health, peace, and success.

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