New Delhi, 12 April 2021: Lok Sabha Speaker, Shri Om Birla has greeted people on the occasion of beginning of new Samvat. In his message, Shri Birla has said:
'Today is the first day of the New Year according to Vikram Samvat. On this auspicious occasion, I extend my heartiest greetings and best wishes to all.
Today, the festival of Vaisakhi is being celebrated in North India. This day is also celebrated as Vishu and Ugadi in Southern States, Ragoli Vihu in Assam and Gudi Padava in Maharashtra. In several parts of the country, this day marks the beginning of Chaitra Navratri, Cheti Chand, Jhulelal Jayanti, Mesha Sankranti, Pohela Boishakh, Sajibu Cheiraoba and Putthandu Pirappu .
Today is the day to express our gratitude to Mother Nature for the gifts bestowed by her on us. It also symbolizes our reverence to the farmers who are our annadatas.
But in the context of Covid pandemic, it is necessary that while celebrating the festival, we should maintain social distancing and follow all the guidelines scrupulously.
On this auspicious day, letís pledge that we will rededicate ourselves to the cause of nation Ė building with new vigour and commitment.
On the beginning of the new Samvat, I wish that our nation be stronger, safer and more prosperous and we guide the humanity and the world on the path of peace and prosperity.'