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President Kovind, PM Modi extend greetings on Onam

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday extended greetings to the countrymen on the occasion of Onam.

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President Kovind, PM Modi extend greetings on Onam
An Athapookalam, traditional floral decoration using flowers being done as part of Onam made at the temple on the Uthradam day or first day of Onam, in Sabarimala on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
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President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday extended greetings to the countrymen on the occasion of Onam.

The President called it a "symbol of our rich cultural heritage and an expression of our gratitude to Mother Nature at the arrival of the new crop" and urged the people to take care of people belonging to the weaker sections of society and follow guidelines to contain COVID-19.

"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.

PM Modi also wished citizens on the occasion of Onam and called it a unique festival, which celebrates "harmony".

"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," he tweeted while sharing a clip from his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme where he spoke about the festival.

"These days the festival of Onam is also being celebrated enthusiastically. This festival comes in the month of Chingam. People buy something new, decorate their houses and prepare Pookalam. People enjoy Onam Sadya," he said in the clip.

"Various competitions are also held. Onam's fame has today reached faraway countries. Be it America, Europe or the Gulf countries. Onam is becoming an international festival. Onam is linked with farming. It is the time of a new beginning for our rural economy. Our lives, our society derive sustenance from the fortitude of farmers. Their perseverance lends myriad hues to our festivals," Modi said.

Onam festivities, which started on August 22, will continue till September 2.

Onam falls in the month of Chingam, which is the first month according to the Malayalam calendar. The celebrations spread over 10 days mark the Malayalam New Year and conclude with Thiruvonam.

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