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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 213

House concurrent resolution commemorating the 4706 Asian American Lunar Year celebration in Rochester

Offered by:  Representative Haas of Rochester

Whereas, according to ancient legend, 4706 years ago, Nian (meaning year in Chinese) the evil dragon ravaged the countryside, spreading war and famine and consuming human beings for substance, until the emperor vanquished him, and Nian has never returned, and

Whereas, in celebration of this great triumph of good over evil, each year, the Chinese people, and others across east Asia, sound gongs and beat drums to keep Nian away and assure that the new year will be one of peace, prosperity, and good fortune, and

Whereas, an essential aspect of the lunar year festivities is the commemoration of the Zodiac of 12 animals called by the Buddha, in which a rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig raced to his presence with the rat jumping off its perch on the ox to finish first, and

Whereas, each of these animals rotates annually as the new year’s designated animal, and

Whereas, February 7, 2008, marks the 4706th commemoration of the emperor’s triumph over Nian and is the year of the rat, and

Whereas, in order to create and promote a more culturally and socially diverse America and Vermont, an Asian American Lunar New Year celebration will take place in Rochester on Saturday, February 23, and

Whereas, the Asian American community has added its enthusiasm and contribution to American culture, and

Whereas, the festival will encourage multicultural aspects of our society, will create an atmosphere that encourages diversity and inclusiveness, and will enrich the social fabric of Vermont and America, and

Whereas, the highlight of the day’s exciting festivities will be a parade through the village of Rochester featuring a large decorative rat with a sculptural head and a 100-foot body and tail, banners with calligraphy wishing everyone a prosperous new year, drums and gongs for traditional musical accompaniment, and a burn barrel at the parade route’s conclusion for the acceptance of offerings, and

Whereas, the many events throughout the lunar new year celebration will be a wonderful combination of cultural sharing and great fun, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commemorates and extends best wishes to the 4706 Asian American Lunar Year celebration in Rochester, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to John Wong in Rochester.


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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont