PM Modi sends greetings to Onam, says festival reaffirms importance of hardworking farmers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday extended his greetings to the people on the occasion of Onam, saying the “festival reaffirms the vital role of mother nature and the importance of our hardworking farmers”. “Onam salutes everyone, especially the people of Kerala and the Malayali community spread across the globe. This festival reaffirms the vital role of Mother Nature and the importance of our hardworking farmers. May Onam also foster the spirit harmony in our society,” Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet.
The illustrious 10-day festival of Onam was celebrated in Kerala from August 30 to September 8. Onam is a harvest festival celebrated mainly by the Malayalees. The date is based on the Panchangam which falls on 22 Nakshatra Thiruvonam of the Chingam month of the Malayalam calendar, which in the Gregorian calendar falls between August and September. Chingam is the first month according to the Malayalam calendar.
The 10-day celebrations mark the Malayalam New Year and end with Thiruvonam. On August 30, people gathered in Tripunithura and hoisted a dazzling grand ceremonial parade with caparisoned elephants, colorful floats, folk art performances like Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, drumming groups like Pandimelam and Panchavayam, which represented scenes from history and mythology.
Onam is celebrated through various rituals which are observed by one and all. Flower-decorated temples welcomed worshipers from early morning for prayers marking the occasion. The 10-day festival is celebrated to honor the memory of the legendary King Mahabali, who according to legends visited Kerala on the auspicious occasion.
The festival is an occasion for family and friends to get together and indulge in traditional games, music and dance and take part in a grand feast, the ‘Onasadya’. The festivities are marked by people decorating their homes with ‘Rangoli’ and engaging in activities such as boat races, flower arranging and tug of war among others. (ANI)
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