New Delhi: Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended his best wishes to people celebrating Navratri, Navereh, Gudi Padwa and other festivals. Greeting people on the Indian new year, PM Modi tweeted, “People across India are celebrating the start of the new year. New year greetings to everyone. May the year bring peace, joy & prosperity. ” Wishing Sindhi community on their new year ‘Cheti Chand’, PM Modi wrote, “Cheti Chand greetings to the Sindhi community. May Lord Jhulelal bless us and the year ahead be a happy as well as memorable one.

A week ago, an organisation representing the Sindhi community has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare ‘Cheti Chand’ as a general holiday every year. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Bharatiya Sindhi Samaj (BSS) President Pradeep Bhavnani said the Government should declare Sindhi New Year as a holiday just as other minority communities have been given this facility. He said the community, whose members are scattered all over the country, have contributed in nation-building.

“On the auspicious occasion of Navreh, my greetings to everyone celebrating. May the year ahead be characterised by positivity and good health,” PM Narendra Modi greeted ‘Brahmins’ of Kashmir, on their religious festival Navreh.

Wishing Maharashtrians on the occasion of Gudi Padwa, PM Modi said, “Wishing the people of Maharashtra on the special occasion of Gudi Padwa. May the coming year bring happiness, good health & prosperity.”

 

Earlier on yesterday, President Pranab Mukherjee had greeted the people on the eve of Gudi Padava and Navreh festivals and hoped that tolerance, mutual amity would flourish. “On the happy occasion of Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba, I convey warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens,” he had said.

These auspicious festivals mark the onset of spring and promise fresh beginnings of growth, prosperity and well-being, Mukherjee had said. “Let the spirit of joy and happiness signified by these festivals pervade the heart of every Indian. Let tolerance and mutual amity flourish amongst our people. May these festivals spread peace and friendship, inspiring our citizens to re-dedicate themselves to the service of motherland,” the President had said.

(With inputs from Agencies)