“Thousands of Albertans and more than two billion people across the world are celebrating Lunar New Year. Although traditions may vary from culture to culture, Lunar New Year is a time to celebrate and to anticipate new opportunities and good fortune in the coming year.

“In the Lunar New Year cycle, Feb. 10 marks the end of the Year of the Water Rabbit and the start of the Year of the Dragon, which represents authority, prosperity and good fortune. This year is considered lucky and promises to be full of opportunity and success, characteristics that have long represented Alberta.

“To all those celebrating, I wish you joyous Lunar New Year celebrations followed by a peaceful and prosperous year in which you thrive.”