January 25, 2020 – 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 Rat.
Tết, a three day holiday, is a time of 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 a time for families to gather together, celebrate and give greetings to each other; children will also receive red packets of money from their elders after they offer greetings to them. Festive dishes such as bánhchưng (Vietnamese sticky rice cake) and canhmăng (bamboo soup) are also prepared.
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.
As you gather together to honour the centuries-old traditions of Tết, may health and prosperity be yours in the coming year. The New Year is a time of great hope, a time to look forward to the future and to follow new dreams.
May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy and Prosperous Tết Nguyên Đán! Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!