Los Angeles, CA -- Today, Councilmembers David Ryu joined Gil Cedillo, Council President Herb Wesson, the Department of Animal Services and the City of Los Angeles to celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Earth Dog. Lunar New Year is a holiday celebrated at the beginning of the Chinese lunisolar calendar and its festivities are observed by Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Tibet, Mongolia, and many other Asian countries, as well as communities in Los Angeles.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 16, 2018
City Hall Celebrates Lunar New Year
Councilmembers Ryu and Cedillo join Council President Wesson in Welcoming in the Year of The Dog
Los Angeles -- Today, Councilmembers David Ryu joined Gil Cedillo, Council President Herb Wesson, the Department of Animal Services and the City of Los Angeles to celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Earth Dog. Lunar New Year is a holiday celebrated at the beginning of the Chinese lunisolar calendar and its festivities are observed by Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Tibet, Mongolia, and many other Asian countries, as well as communities in Los Angeles.
“I am honored today to join my City colleagues in celebrating the Lunar New Year,” said Councilman David Ryu. “This holiday is deeply important to many Asian-American communities as a centuries-old tradition and celebration of culture and community. The City of Los Angeles is thrilled to join them in ushering in harmony and goodwill in this Year of The Earth Dog.”
February 16th begins the year of the Earth Dog. The Dog is the 11th symbol of 12 in the Chinese Zodiac calendar, and is associated with sincerity, sensibility and helpfulness. In addition to the twelve-year cycle, there are five elements - wood, earth, fire, metal and water - which carry with them their own “chi,” or life force. 2018 corresponds with the Earth element, which brings with it practicality, harmony and hard work. Expect strong family relationships, blossoming friendships, and success in community-oriented or environmental projects in the year of the Earth Dog, a year of goodwill, grit and harmony. The year of the Earth Dog is a calming salve on the previous Year of the Fire Rooster, marked by high energy and chaos.
“Los Angeles is America’s melting pot and we are a stronger city by celebrating our cultural diversity,” said Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson. “We wish all Angelenos good fortune and good luck this Lunar New Year.”
The holiday was celebrated at City Hall with a council presentation featuring lion dancers and followed by a reception with Korean drummers, Thai candle dancers, and a luncheon. City officials were joined by Consul Generals Wan Joong Kim of the Republic of Korea, Akira Chiba of Japan, Devrin Jeck of Malaysia and Tanee Sangrat of Thailand for the event.
"It is an honor to partner with my colleague Councilmember David Ryu to host this year's Lunar New Year celebration. As a representative of the Chinatown and Lincoln Heights communities, it gives me great pleasure to welcome in the new year by wishing all our constituents a prosperous and joyous new year," said Councilmember Gil Cedillo.
Los Angeles County is home to more than 1.8 million Asian Americans, as well as numerous centers of Asian-American commerce and culture, including Chinatown, Koreatown, Thai town, Little Saigon, Little Bangladesh and more.
To celebrate the Year of the Dog, the City’s Animal Services Department joined the festivities with dogs from local shelters available for adoption.
"LA Animal services is very excited to work with Councilmember Wesson and the City Councilmembers to present each dog with the "Dog of the Year" certificate,” said a spokesperson from the Animal Services Department. “The dogs for adoption today represent hundreds of great dogs in our City animal shelters. We appreciate all the support over the years that we receive from City Council in the mission to promote our shelters and find new homes for all the pets in our care."
Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.