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Amritsar: A view of illuminated Golden Temple on Vaisakhi in Amritsar, on April 13, 2017. (Photo: IANS) by .
A view of illuminated Golden Temple on Vaisakhi in Amritsar (Photo: IANS)

British Prime Minister Theresa May, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people on the occasion of Vaisakhi and Indian harvest festivals ….reports Asian Lite News

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President Pranab Mukherjee attending the Food Festival on the occasion of Vaisakhi at President’s Estate Market at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi

They greeted the nation on Baisakhi, Vishu, Rongali Bihu, Vaisakhadi, Puthandu Pirappu and Naba Barsha and acknowledged the hard work of farmers to ensure good harvests.

Baisakhi, Vishu in Kerala, Rongali Bihu, Vaisakhadi, Puthandu Pirappu and Naba Barsha are the harvest festivals of India, which also mark the traditional New Year in regions and states from Punjab to Bengal to Assam.

“I send my best wishes to everyone in Britain and around the world celebrating Vaisakhi – one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar and a time when families and friends come together to commemorate the birth of the Khalsa,” said British Prime Minister Theresa May in a statement.  “As Sikhs across the globe take part in spectacular processions, and neighbourhoods and Gurdwaras burst forth with colour, I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the immense contribution British Sikhs make to our country.”

“Warm greetings to all my fellow citizens, particularly those engaged in cultivation and agriculture on Baisakhi. Baisakhi celebrates the sweat and toil of our farmers who bring good harvests and happiness to our homes,” Mukherjee said on his offical Twitter account.

“Let us on this day show gratitude to Mother Earth and pledge to protect nature for its best blessings on our lives. On this happy occasion, let us share our happiness with one and all, especially those who are in need. Let us resolve to re-double our efforts to contribute to the nation’s prosperity, unity and fraternity,” he added.

“My best wishes to the citizens on the occasion of Baisakhi,” Modi said in a tweet.

“I am proud to live in a country where we have such a vibrant Sikh community and I have no doubt that our shared values – respect, tolerance and community – help us all to live so well together,” said Home Secretary Amber Rudd. “While we have a great deal to celebrate at this time, I also want to recognise the sad fact that our Sikh communities still face intolerance and hate crime. This is completely unacceptable, and I want to restate my commitment, on behalf of the Government, to stamping this out.”

Baisakhi, Vishu, Rongali Bihu, Vaisakhadi, Puthandu Pirappu and Naba Barsha are the harvest festivals of India, which also mark the traditional New Year in regions and states from Punjab to Bengal to Assam.