A move is afoot to convince the federal government to make the start of Lunar New Year a federal holiday. 36,000 people have signed a petition on whitehouse.gov supporting the idea.
A blog by Jeff Yang in the Wall Street Journal acknowledges the proposal is a long shot, but hey, discussing any holiday is food for thought, and what would any discussion of Lunar New Year be without food. Right?
“My husband and I have to work and our kids have to go to school while the biggest celebration of our heritage is going on, and in elementary school, Chinese New Year gets just a passing mention,” notes blogger Grace Hwang Lynch in the Wall Street Journal “That’s if it doesn’t fall on the same date as Valentine’s Day.”
The prapmatic point out that other prominent cultural and religious holidays aren’t recognized by the Federal Government.
“Easter, Passover and Ramadan aren’t U.S. federal holidays, despite being observed by far larger segments of the population than those who observe Lunar New Year,” says Reappropriate’s Jenn Fang, whose written about the idea herself. “I think Asian American and other cultures that observe Lunar New Year are right to advocate for greater prominence . But I think we should be working to change the social and cultural diversity of the U.S. by normalizing Lunar New Year celebrations, not by advocating for a top-down approach wherein Lunar New Year becomes a federal holiday.”
So where do you fall on this idea? Should we make Lunar New Year a federal holiday. Discuss it here.