Before midnight on September 30, local time, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill to make the Chinese Lunar New Year a statutory holiday in California.
The law authorizes California employees to earn eight hours of holiday credits, which entitle them to eight hours of vacation, annual or compensatory leave to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Newsom wrote in the signed letter that the Chinese New Year celebrates getting rid of the troubles of the past year and moving forward with prosperity and good luck, recognizing the Chinese New Year as a legal holiday in California, and also recognizing the cultural diversity that Asian Americans bring to California. , an opportunity for all Californians to participate in the Chinese New Year.
California employees include civil servants, teachers, public transit drivers, and any other public service worker.
(CCTV reporter Xu Tao)