Margaret Chin Endorses Lunar New Year School Holiday
New York City students may have reason to rejoice. More vacation could be coming soon. Thanks to state-sponsored legislation, wheels are in motion to implement the Asian Lunar New Year as an official school holiday.
Indeed, City Councilmember Margaret Chin endorses the effort, and is introducing a new resolution later today to support the new school holiday. In a public statement:
The designation of Lunar New Year as an official school holiday is long overdue. The observance of culturally important holidays and customs is an essential part of the lives of millions of immigrant families and children in our City. It is important for future generations that we retain and honor the traditions of the past, and this is especially true for the Asian Lunar New Year.
The Lunar New Year is the most important Asian holiday. In a city where 14 percent of public school students are Asian American, it is imperative that we allow Asian American children and families the opportunity to celebrate their heritage. I can think of no better way to spread awareness about different cultures and traditions, while recognizing the contributions that Asian Americans have made to our city.
Before moving to a full Council vote, the legislation must first be referred to committee and a public hearing.