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People in Canada and around the world celebrate Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat

Many Canadians across the country are gathering with family and friends to celebrate Lunar New Year today.

Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year falls on the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar.

<who>Photo by Linh Pham/Getty Images</who>People watch the firework display in front of the Imperial City of Hue to mark the Lunar New Year or Tet celebrations on January 25, 2020 in Hue, Vietnam.

The celebration welcomes the Year of the Rat, which symbolizes prosperity, intelligence, and energy.

In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus.

“This traditional holiday, one of the most important for Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities, as well as members of many other East Asian communities, is a time to reflect on the past year,” said Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion.

“It is also a time to celebrate the coming year with festive activities and celebrations.”

“I extend my warmest wishes to everyone celebrating Lunar New Year and I hope the Year of the Rat will be a year of prosperity, health and happiness for all,” Chagger added.



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