US president Barack Obama and its Secretary of State John Kerry has sent their ''Poila Baisakh'' or New Year greetings to the Bengali speaking people across the world, in particularly those living in Bangladesh and West Bengal in Indial, reports msn India.
In his greetings, Kerry said: "On behalf of President Obama, I convey my warm greetings to all Bengali-speaking people around the world as you celebrate Poila Baisakh. The American people wish you all happiness and prosperity in the New Year.”
"As the New Year begins, let us all celebrate the rich cultures of West Bengal and Bangladesh in a spirit of optimism and mutual appreciation. Shubho Nobo Borsho," Kerry said in his greeting message.
Pohela Boishakh, occurring on 14th April, is the first day of the Bengali calendar, celebrated in both Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal, and in Bengali communities in the other Indian states, including Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand and Odisha.
It coincides with the New Year's Days of numerous Southern Asian calendars.