Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

February 03, 2011 17:18 ET

Minister Kenney Issues Statement Recognizing Korean New Year

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 3, 2011) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing today's start of the celebration of Korean New Year:

"For people of Korean descent living in Canada and around the world, Korean New Year – also known as Seollal – is a time to reflect on the past and look optimistically to the future. This holiday is also a time to recognize good fortune, pay homage to elders and ancestors, and celebrate with family, friends and the community.

"For all Canadians, Korean New Year provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the tremendous contributions that members of the Korean community have made to this country's rich and diverse heritage.

"This year we enter the Year of the Rabbit. The Rabbit is a symbol of calmness, diplomacy and consideration for others. People born in this year are said to be creative, compassionate and sensitive.

"As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I extend my best wishes to those celebrating Korean New Year, and I hope the Year of the Rabbit brings everyone health, happiness and prosperity."

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Alykhan Velshi
    or
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Communications Branch
    Media Relations
    613-952-1650
    CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca