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PM Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind extend greetings on Onam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovin, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi among others welcomed the festival to celebrate equality and prosperity.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the country and extended his wishes on the occasion of Onam, calling it a festival associated with positivity, brotherhood and harmony.

In a tweet this morning, PM Modi said, “Best wishes on the special occasion of Onam, a festival associated with positivity, vibrancy, brotherhood and harmony. I pray for everyone’s good health and wellbeing.”

Highlighting the tireless work of farmers and the celebration of the new harvest, President Ram Nath Kovind wished the country on Onam.

“Onam greetings to all our fellow citizens! This festival is a celebration of the new harvest. It highlights the tireless work of farmers. It is an occasion to express gratitude to mother nature. I wish progress and prosperity for all fellow citizens,” the president tweeted.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the festival was to celebrate love, equality and prosperity. “May love and brotherhood blossom. May equality and prosperity prevail. Let us celebrate Onam by reciting the hymns of humanity,” Vijayan said.

 

Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted that Onam signifies peace and harmony. “On this auspicious festival, I extend my warm greetings to all our Malayalee sisters and brothers around the world. May the flavours of Sadya and the musical beats of Pulikali bring an abundance of joy and prosperity to all. Happy Onam!,” he said.

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In a video message, Rahul Gandhi said Onam is a very important festival for everyone. “It’s a day of happiness, of joy, of introspection and I would like to thank you for allowing me to be part of it… I hope you all have a joyous and a wonderful day,” Gandhi said.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi said, “May the spirit of Onam for an egalitarian society prevail. Wishing you all a very Happy Onam,”

Meanwhile, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor posted a video of him on a swing to celebrate Onam this year. “There’s an Onam swing tradition that one normally leaves to young girls. I was persuaded to get Into the spirit of things this year, ” he wrote.

Onam, a 10-day long festival that celebrates the return of King Mahabali as well as the Vaman avatar of Lord Vishnu, was celebrated from August 12 this year. But the actual three-day festival, which is widely celebrated in Kerala, will start with Thiruvonam on August 21.

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As per the Malayalam calendar, Onam is celebrated on the day of Thiruvonam nakshatram (Shravana asterism) in the month of Chingam.

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Grand feasts are prepared on this occasion which is known as ‘onasadya’. Celebrations also include traditional dance, music and games that are collectively called ‘Onakalikal’. All this is done to show King Mahabali that his people are prosperous and happy.

First published on: 21-08-2021 at 11:39 IST
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