Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has wished "Shubho Nobo Borsho!" to Bengali communities around the world on "Poila Boishakh", the Bengali New Year.
"Americans have been influenced by the strong traditions of Bengal, spread through a dynamic diaspora community, that have shaped our culture for years," she said in a New Year message on behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people.
Clinton`s message read: "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 honour 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 honour 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!"