In his message, the Prime Minister said that these festivals, celebrated across the country, mark the beginning of the New Year and symbolise renewal of faith and hope.

“They are representative of our rich and glorious cultural traditions,” he added.

The Prime Minister wished the people happiness, peace and prosperity on the occasion.

TN Governor, CM greet people

Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday extended their Ugadi (Telugu New Year Day) greetings to people on the eve of the festival.

"On the auspicious occasion of Jaya Nama Ugadhi I convey my heartiest greetings and best wishes to the Telugu speaking people living in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and in India and across the globe," Rosaiah said in a Raj Bhavan statement.

He wished that the dawn of Telugu New Year ushered in peace, progress and prosperity and promotes unity and harmony among all to steer the nation to greater heights in the global arena.

Extending her greetings, Jayalalithaa said Telugu and Kannada speaking people, both of whom celebrate Ugadi, lived with Tamils in harmony in her state and wished them all success in their endeavour.

DMK chief M Karunanidhi also greeted the people and recalled that it was his party that had sanctioned government holiday for the Telugu New Year during one of its tenures in government.

(JPN)

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