Bengali New Year - Poila Boishakh Message

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 12, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to Bengali communities worldwide as you celebrate the Bengali New Year.

This is a time for Bengalis to honor their rich cultural traditions, from song and dance, food and film to internationally renowned literature and poetry. Americans have been influenced by the strong traditions of Bengal, spread through a dynamic diaspora community, that have shaped our culture for years. Bengalis of all faiths and nationalities are coming together to bridge national and religious divisions in honor of a shared history and promising future.

As you celebrate this New Year, know that the United States is a partner and friend. Best wishes for a year of peace, prosperity, health and happiness. Shubho Nobo Borsho!

PRN: 2012/561