Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

January 20, 2012 17:25 ET

Minister Kenney Issues Statement Recognizing Tet

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 20, 2012) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing the celebration of Tet Nguyen Dan - the Vietnamese New Year:

"For people of Vietnamese heritage living in Canada and around the world, Tet is considered to be a time of rebirth and renewal. It is the largest, most important and popular holiday in the Vietnamese culture.

"Vietnamese Canadians will mark the occasion at celebrations in every corner of our country. For all Canadians, Tết provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the tremendous contributions that members of the Vietnamese community have made to our country's rich and diverse heritage.

"This year we enter the Year of the Dragon, which is expected to be marked by excitement and exhilaration. Those born during this year are described as passionate, brave and self-assured.

"As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I offer my best wishes to those celebrating Tết, and I hope the Year of the Dragon brings everyone health, wealth and good fortune."

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Contact Information

  • Candice Malcolm
    Minister's Office
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    613-954-1064

    Media Relations
    Communications Branch
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    613-952-1650
    CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca