John Kerry greets people in Himalayan region on Losar

Washington, PTI | Updated : 10 February 2016, 07:57 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry has greeted people of the Himalayan region including India, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet on Losar, the Tibetan New Year.

“On behalf of President (Barack) Obama and the people of the United States, I offer our warmest wishes to all of the peoples of the Himalayan region celebrating Losar for a joyful New Year,” Kerry said in a statement on Monday.

“The United States joins you in celebrating the history and vibrant culture of the peoples of the Himalayan region, including those in Bhutan, Nepal, India, and Tibetan areas of the People’s Republic of China,” he said.

The Losar festival marks sacred and secular practices like prayers, ceremonies, rituals and folk dancing and merrymaking. Kerry said the rich cultural heritage in song, poetry, art, and literature has enriched humanity.

“As you gather with family and friends to celebrate Losar, know that the US stands with you as a partner and friend. May the New Year be filled with peace and prosperity,” Kerry said.