Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President 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.
"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.
"Your 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 United States stands with you as a partner and friend.
"May the New Year be filled with peace and prosperity."