Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 12, 2010

On behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people, I congratulate all Bengalis as you celebrate Pohela Boishakh and welcome a new year of promise and possibility.

This holiday, which unites people of common heritage across religious and national lines, is an opportunity to honor Bengali culture with music, drama and traditional foods. Many Bengali in the United States will gather with friends and family to share the festivities and celebrate the many accomplishments of the Bengali people. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great poet Rabindranath Tagore, whose writing has enriched our common humanity and brought pride to Bengali people around the world.

Let us take this moment to reflect on our common aspirations for a more peaceful and prosperous future for our children and grandchildren, and redouble our efforts around the world to promote mutual understanding and respect.

I send my warmest greetings to all those celebrating on this special day. Shubho Nobo Borsho!

PRN: 2010/425