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May Onam mark a new beginning: President Kovind on Onam in aftermath of floods in Kerala
President Ram Nath Kovind, in his message on the eve of Onam, on August 25 wished, "On the occasion of Onam, I extend my greetings and good wishes to my fellow citizens and, especially to our brothers and sisters of Kerala in India and abroad."

"May this festival bring peace and happiness to our people, in particular to all those in Kerala who are recovering in the aftermath of the recent floods, and are gradually beginning to rebuild their lives with their characteristic grit and resilience. May Onam mark a new beginning," he added 

As we know, traditionally, Onam celebrates the annual visit of the mythical benevolent king Mahabali who once ruled the Kerala region. Every year, in honour of the King, Malayalis across the globe celebrate the festival in all grandeur and gaiety. 

This year, the festival is going be subdued due to devastating floods in Kerala. Otherwise, music, dance, boat races, flower rangoli and food are usually the centre of all celebrations for days. 

In rural Kerala, Onam is celebrated as harvest festival and Vamana poojas are held for prosperity and bountiful harvest. In villages, the festivities last for ten days to carry out a number of activities such as organizing cleaning and decorating houses as well as cultural functions to commemorate the festival. 

Here is my sentence acrostic on ONAM to greet Malayalis on the festival. 

O: offering worship to Vamana – the fifth Avatar of Vishnu –and remembering King Mahabali

N: Noted for austerities, penance, benevolence and

A: Abundonment of pride, who visit annually to remind us that

M: Moksha is the ultimate aim of life. 

May Onam mark a new beginning: President Kovind on Onam in aftermath of floods in Kerala.

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