President greets nation ahead of Bihu, Naba Barsh and Vishu

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New Delhi, Apr 13 (ANI): President Pratibha Patil today greeted the nation ahead of the festivals of Bihu, Naba Barsh and Vishu, which fall tomorrow.

In her message, she has said: "On the auspicious occasion of Rongali Bihu, Naba Barsh, Puthandu Pirappu, and Vishu, I extend my greetings and good wishes to all my countrymen."

"These festivals celebrated in different parts of the country, denote the underlying unity of our rich and diverse culture and strengthen the pluralistic heritage of the nation. May the festivals bring peace, happiness and prosperity to all," she added.

Bihu, the harvest festival of Assam, has an agricultural and seasonal background.

Naba Barsh is the celebration of Bengali New Year. It marks the first day of Baisakh- the first month of Bengali Calendar.

Vishu is a festival held in Kerala in South India. It is also considered as the harvest festival of Kerala. (ANI)

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