Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has extended new year greetings to the Chinese community on the occasion of the Chinese New Year.
In a release to the press on Friday, Persad-Bissessar noted that Chinese New Year will be celebrated as this nation celebrates Carnival Sunday.
"Such a harmonious convergence of celebrations continues to highlight the diversity and unity of our beautiful twin-island republic, of which we must all be extremely proud," stated Persad-Bissessar.
For over two centuries, Persad-Bissessar stated, the Chinese community has contributed immeasurably to the social, economic and cultural mosaic that is Trinidad and Tobago, enhancing the overall development of our country.
She stated that this country continues to enjoy cordial and productive relations with the People's Republic of China, and her Government looks forward to further collaborations in the best interest of our peoples.
Persad-Bissessar added that Chinese New Year celebrations are traditionally linked to the Chinese Zodiac, and 2013 is designated the Year of the Snake, specifically the water snake.
"To the members of our Chinese community, both citizens and foreign residents, please accept my congratulations and sincere best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous New Year," added Persad-Bissessar.