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Chinese New Year 2012: message from the Deputy Prime Minister

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has recorded a message to mark Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year

Read the full transcript below.

I would like to wish Chinese communities around the world a very happy New Year on what is the start of the most important festival in the Chinese Lunar calendar.

Over the next fifteen days, many ancient traditions will be celebrated, including visiting elderly relatives; watching lion and dragon dancing troupes; setting off fire crackers, and feasting with friends and family.

In whatever way you and your family start your celebrations tonight, I wish you all wealth, happiness, good fortune and a prosperous Chinese New Year, in this, the year of the Dragon.