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Lunar New Year: Emmanuel Macron sends his wishes on Twitter

Exit the metal buffalo, make way for the year of the water tiger. This February 1st marks the beginning of a Lunar New Year, also called Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. Emmanuel Macron presented his wishes on Twitter.

“I wish you my best wishes for happiness, health and success,” he said in the video. “The pandemic does not allow me to welcome you in a festive setting, but I wanted to address you.”

The Lunar New Year is the first day of a calendar coordinated on the phases of the Moon. It occurs every year between January 21 and February 20. It is mainly celebrated in China, where the population has a week off for the occasion, but also in Vietnam, South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore… It is also observed by “many families in France” who have “inherited or forged a link” with Asian countries, recalled Emmanuel Macron.

“A chance for France”

“This heritage or this link is a chance for France”, assured the president. “We are proud of it (…) We no longer count the number of athletes, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, doctors, politicians or civil society figures who draw their talent from this source of diversity.”

Emmanuel Macron condemned the “malicious” and racist acts of which people of Asian origin in France can be victims. “I will ensure the greatest firmness on this subject,” he added.

This new year will be placed under the sign of the Water Tiger, determined according to the position of the Moon. The lunar cycle has twelve signs: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig, resonating with five elements: Wood, Metal, Earth, Fire and Water.

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