Posted by Mirza Ghulam Rabbi
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!
Source: PRN: 2012/561
“The religious faith of the people of Bangladeshi is Islam. But this has not, in any way, ever conflicted with the sociological and cultural aspirations and traditions of its people who are racially Bengalis. Muslims and non-Muslims share alike their common identity as Bengalis, and this factor is the glue that binds them together in their love for and identification with the country, and provides the spirit to work unitedly for its furtherance in various fields. Thus, the Bengali features of the Bangladeshis are among the country’s greatest assets.”
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