In what has become a Spring Festival tradition, politicians from the world’s major nations (and Argentina), released celebratory video messages for the Lunar New Year. Above: David Cameron, prime minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
US president Barack Obama didn’t bother with a video message this year, but did release this statement:
Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those who will be celebrating the Lunar New Year this Sunday, February 10th. Here in America and around the world, people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent will welcome the Year of the Snake. In Chinese tradition, the snake represents wisdom, and a thoughtful approach to tackling the challenges before us – principles that I hope will continue to guide us as we perfect our union and create a more just and equal future for every American. Our challenges may be great, but our diversity and the traditions that thrive here give us the strength to meet them. To everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year, I wish you peace, prosperity and good health and fortune.
Julia Gillard, prime minister of Australia:
Caroline Wilson, British consul general to Hong Kong and Macao:
Stephen Young, US consul general to Hong Kong and Macao:
Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe; Stephen Harper, prime minister of Canada; and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, president of Argentina: