Washington:  Greeting Bengali people across the globe, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said this is the time for Bengalis to honour their rich cultural traditions.

"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the US, I am delighted to send best wishes to Bengali communities worldwide as you celebrate the Bengali New Year," Clinton said in a New Year greeting.

"This is a time for Bengalis to honour their rich cultural traditions, from song and dance, food and film to internationally renowned literature and poetry," she said.

"Americans have been influenced by the strong traditions of Bengal, spread through a dynamic diaspora community, that have shaped our culture for years," she said, adding Bengalis of all faiths and nationalities are coming together to bridge national and religious divisions in honour of a shared history and promising future.

"As you celebrate this New Year, know that the US is a partner and friend. Best wishes for a year of peace, prosperity, health and happiness. Shubho Nobo Borsho!" Clinton said.

(Agencies)