PM Modi, President Murmu lead Onam greetings in India

As Malayalis across the world celebrate Thiruvonam, prominent leaders of the country, including Indian President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, extended their Onam greetings on Tuesday.

While the President spoke about expressing gratitude to mother nature on the occasion of Onam, the Prime Minister said the festival showcases the vibrant culture of Kerala.

"Onam greetings to everyone! May your lives be showered with good health, unparalleled joy and immense prosperity. Over the last many years, Onam has become a global festival and it beautifully showcases the vibrant culture of Kerala," Prime Minister posted on X (formerly twitter)

Extending Onam wishes Congress leader Rahul Gandhi posted X: "Greetings to all on the joyous occasion of Onam! May this beautiful festival strengthen the bonds of unity and bring happiness to all"

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge said that Onam is a celebration of life and hope.

"Onam is a celebration of life and hope and a remembrance of the legendary and joyous past. May the spirit of Onam - the harvest, regeneration and the purity of Sadhya inspire the spirit of togetherness, prosperity and fraternity among all," Kharge posted on X.

This vibrant festival is an emblem of Kerala’s rich heritage and cultural splendour. The 10-day Onam celebrations in Kerala started with the Atham celebrations on August 20. It is a festival that honours King Mahabali and Vamana.

To welcome Mahabali, people started constructing floral carpets (Pookkalam) in front of their homes and institutions. Celebrations of many kinds begin today in schools, universities, offices, and other locations.

During the Onam festival, people usually wear traditional kasavu saris and mundu (dhoti). It is a time when family members and friends gather and exchange gifts like new dresses.


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