Jefferson City, Mo. — Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Anna Hui will host a Lunar New Year celebration at the Missouri State Capitol tomorrow, Jan. 25.
The celebration will include a traditional lion dance by students from the St. Louis Chinese Language School and a performance by children from the Columbia Chinese School. After the performances, Lieutenant Governor Kehoe will place the final pieces on a traditional Duì Lián, or verse, hanging around the doors of the Governor’s office.
“The Lunar New Year gives us an opportunity to showcase the rich diversity and talents of the people of our state,” Governor Mike Parson said. “The people of Missouri share many common values that are highlighted during this cultural celebration, including the importance of family, a desire to see our children succeed, hard work and honesty.”
The Lunar New Year, observed for thousands of years, is the most celebrated Asian holiday in the world. The first day of the Lunar New Year 2022 is Tuesday, February 1, ushering in the Year of the Tiger, which exemplifies courage, generosity, and vigor.
“Missouri’s Asian American communities are an important and vital part of the state’s identity,” Lieutenant Governor Kehoe said. “I am honored to be part of this celebration of Asian heritage. I myself was born in the year of the tiger, which makes participating in this year’s event even more special.
“Lunar New Year is a special time for my family and me,” Director Hui said. “I appreciate the enthusiasm that Governor Parson, Lt. Governor Kehoe, Second Lady Claudia Kehoe and other officials have shown by joining in a celebration of diversity in our state. With more than 160,000 Missourians s identifying as being of Asian descent, it is important to showcase and share the traditions and cultures of these communities.
To view photos of the celebration, visit Lunar New Year 2022 Flickr Album. In the coming days, video of the celebration, along with cultural performances and interviews with community leaders, will be added to labor.mo.gov/lunar-new-year.