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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
February 5, 2008
Presidential Message: Lunar New Year 2008
I send greetings to those celebrating the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat.
Throughout our country and around the world, men and women of Asian descent welcome the Lunar New Year with a spirit of giving and renewed hope. This holiday, filled with vibrant traditions, celebrates new beginnings and recognizes the enduring wisdom of ancestors. During this special time of year, millions of people reunite with family and friends, reflect on the past, and look forward to a future of prosperity and opportunity.
The Lunar New Year also reminds us of the richness of Asian culture and the significance of its history. By preserving and sharing their heritage, Asian Americans enhance the American experience and contribute to our country's legacy of diversity.
Laura and I send our best wishes for peace, health, and happiness in the New Year.
GEORGE W. BUSH
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