PM Modi, Prez extends Onam greetings

New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today extended his greetings to the people on the occasion of Onam and said this is a unique festival, which celebrates harmony.

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi wrote, “Greetings on Onam. This is a unique festival, which celebrates harmony. It is also an occasion to express gratitude to our hardworking farmers. May everyone be blessed with joy and best health.”

PM Modi also shared a video clip of his mention of the festival in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio broadcast on Sunday.

Greeting the nation on Onam, President Ram Nath Kovind said it a symbol of our rich cultural heritage and an expression of our gratitude to Mother Nature at the arrival of the new crop.

“Onam greetings to everyone! The festival of Onam is a symbol of our rich cultural heritage and an expression of our gratitude to Mother Nature at the arrival of the new crop. Let us take care of people from the weaker sections of the society and follow guidelines to contain COVID-19,” the President tweeted.

Onam, the biggest annual festival of Kerala, which falls in the month of Chingam, the first month according to the Malayalam calendar.

Onam festivities, which started on August 22, will continue till September 2. The celebrations spread over 10 days mark the Malayalam New Year and conclude with Thiruvonam.

The last four days are celebrated with much gusto as people wear new dresses, decorate their houses and prepare the traditional meals. This year, due to the pandemic things are slightly different.

-RJV