Ottawa, Ontario - February 5, 2019

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the Korean New Year, also known as Seollal:

“Today, Korean communities in Canada and around the world welcome the Year of the Pig as they celebrate Seollal, Korea’s Lunar New Year.

“One of the most important traditional Korean holidays, Seollal is a time to celebrate new beginnings, give thanks for the successes of the past year, and set intentions for the year to come. During the three-day holiday, families and loved ones gather to share special meals, honour their elders and ancestors, and enjoy traditional games.

“This holiday is also an opportunity to recognize the important contributions that Korean Canadians continue to make to our country. Each day, Korean Canadians help build a better Canada, from coast to coast to coast.

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish peace, joy, and prosperity to all those celebrating Seollal.

“새해 복 많이 받으세요”