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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind extended Onam greetings

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the nation and extended his best wishes on the occasion of Onam, describing it as a festival of positivity, brotherhood and harmony.

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

Highlighting the tireless hard work of the farmers and the celebration of the new crop, President Ram Nath Kovind extended Onam greetings to the nation.

“Happy Onam to all our countrymen! This festival is a celebration of the new harvest. It highlights the tireless hard work of the farmers. This is an opportunity to express gratitude towards Mother Nature. I wish progress and prosperity to all fellow citizens,” the President tweeted.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the festival is meant to celebrate love, equality and prosperity. “Love and brotherhood bloom. Praise be to equality and prosperity. Let us celebrate Onam by singing hymns of humanity,” said Vijayan.

The 10-day long Onam celebrating the return of King Mahabali as well as the Vamana avatar of Lord Vishnu was celebrated from August 12 this year. But the actual three-day festival, widely celebrated in Kerala, will begin on August 21 from Thiruvonam.

According to the Malayalam calendar, Onam is celebrated on the day of Thiruvonam Nakshatram (Shravan Nakshatra) in the month of Chingam.

On this occasion grand feasts are prepared which are known as ‘Onasadya’. The celebrations also include traditional dance, music and games collectively known as ‘onakkal’. All this is done to show King Mahabali that his subjects are prosperous and happy.

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