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February 16, 2018 – Tết Nguyên Đán – Vietnamese New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Vietnamese community as they celebrate Tết Nguyên Đán or Tết and mark the beginning of the Year of the Dog.

Tết, a three day holiday, is a time of eating special holiday foods; visiting with family and friends, paying respects to ones ancestors; wishing New Year’s greetings; and giving lucky money to children and the elderly. It is also a time to forget about the troubles of the past year and hope for a better new year.

Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths.  Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. It is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.

As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.