LUNAR NEW YEAR as an Annual UN HOLIDAY for the first time from 2024

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     On August 10, the ambassadors and heads of delegations of Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mauritius, the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam to the UN sent a joint letter to UN leaders proposing the designation of the Lunar New Year as a UN holiday.

     The 78th UN General Assembly adopted the resolution at its session in New York, the U.S., last Friday, recognizing the significant importance of the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated in many UN member states, and urged UN agencies not to convene meetings on the first day of this traditional festival.

     The General Assembly’s adoption of a resolution ahead of the 2024 Lunar New Year carries significance for countries observing the festivities and is good news for nearly two billion people worldwide who see it as the most important holiday of the year, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented in a recent statement. 

      The United Nations (UN) has passed a resolution designating Lunar New Year as an annual UN holiday for the first time from 2024, after a coordinated campaign led by more than 12 countries, including Vietnam.

     This adoption marked the international community’s recognition of traditional Asian culture, and was the result of a coordinated advocacy process at the UN by 12 member countries, including Vietnam.

      As such, the Lunar New Year will be one of 10 annual UN holidays from 2024.

◊  Sources:  Tuoi Tre News.

12 /2023

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