Modi, Shah, Mamata greet people on Bengali New Year

Kolkata, April 15 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Home Minister Amit Shah, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday greeted the people on Bengali New Year. Modi wished all peace and prosperity in the Bengali New Year 1429. “I hope that the coming year brings with it joy, peace and prosperity. May all your wishes be fulfilled,” Modi said. Shah on his twitter handle said “Shubho Nabo Barsho would bring prosperity, peace and happiness for my Bengali friends and wish them my heartiest greetings.” Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar tweeted “Greetings to all on auspicious occasion #PoilaBoishakh. May #SubhoNoboBorsho bring to you and your family happiness and prosperity! “Let the dream #Gurudev of creating a land of Bhayashoonya Chitaa & Uccha Sheer fructify in West Bengal and all over,” he said. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a tweet said, “Shubho Nabo Barsho 1429. Many, many greetings and congratulations to all. Stay healthy, stay well, enjoy the coming days. ” With the Coronavirus cases drastically coming down in the state, the first day of the New Year saw a large number of people hitting the streets wearing new dresses as per tradition. The traders and business people visited temples to offer prayers and opened new account books marking the ritual halkhata. There were huge queues of devotees at the Kali temples in Kalighat and Dakshineswar. Naba Barsho or the Bengali New Year is celebrated on the first day of the month of Baisakh, also known as Poila Baisakh. Throughout West Bengal, markets and shops wore a festive look, decorated beautifully with garlands of mango leaves, pith and marigold flowers. In all parts of the state the New Year was ushered in with songs, dances, regional games and kite-flying. People exchanged homemade Bengali sweets with neighbours and adorned the front gates of their houses with Rangoli (beautiful patterns and designs on floors, filled with colours and flowers). Fairs of various types were also organised all over the state. BM SSP

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