US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have wished Bengali-speaking people around the world 'Shubho Nobo Borsho!' on the occasion of Bengali New Year.
In a message "on behalf of President Obama and the American people", Kerry said: "I am delighted to send our warmest greetings to all Bengali-speaking people around the world as you celebrate Pahela Boishakh."
"The United States joins you in celebrating the history and vibrant culture of the Bengali people," he stated.
"Your rich cultural heritage in song, film, poetry, art, and literature has enriched humanity. As you gather with family and friends to celebrate the New Year, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend.
"May the New Year be filled with peace and prosperity. Shubho Nobo Borsho!"