President, PM greet nation on Samvat New Year’s day

April 6th, 2008 - 6:59 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh greeted the people on the occasion of New Year’s day as per the Indian Vikrami Samvat calendar. Greeting the people on the New Year’s day, which is known as Chaitra Sukladi, Gudi Padava, Ugadi and Cheti Chand in different parts of the country, the President said: “On this auspicious occasion, I extend my greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens. May these festivals bring happiness, prosperity and well-being to you all.”

Noting that the festivals are celebrated as the New Year in many parts of the country, she said: “May the celebrations of these joyous festivals promote the values of tolerance and acceptance, and strengthen traditional bonds of amity, understanding and harmony.”

The Prime Minister in his message said that the festivals “bring forth the cultural diversity of our vast country. These traditional New Years mark a new beginning and provide an occasion for prayers and good tidings for the year ahead.”

He hoped that the festivals would inspire one and all to strive for the best.

Chaitra happens to be the first month as per the Vikrami Samvat calendar with its first day treated as the New Year’s day in various parts of India.

While Gudi Padava is looked upon as the beginning of a new-year in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra, Chaitra Sukladi and Ugadi are the Telugu New Year’s day.

The same day is also known as Cheti Chand and is celebrated as New Year’s day by the Sindhi community.

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