Vice President greets people on the eve of Onam

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The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has greeted people on the eve of the auspicious festival, Onam. In a message, he said that Onam is celebrated to honor the memory of the legendary King of Kerala, Mahabali, whose reign is believed to have brought peace and prosperity to the kingdom. The colorful festival of flowers is an occasion for family and friends to get together and indulge in traditional games, music and dancing and partake in a grand feast, the ‘Onasadya’, he added.

 Following is the text of Vice President’s message:

“I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Onam.

Onam is celebrated to honor the memory of King Mahabali, the legendary ruler of Kerala, whose benevolent and idyllic reign is believed to have brought peace and prosperity to the kingdom. 

The colorful festival of flowers is an occasion for family and friends to get together and indulge in traditional games, music and dancing and partake in a grand feast, the ‘Onasadya’.  Onam is a celebration of material prosperity as well as values of honesty, integrity, kindness, sacrifice and contentment. It represents the surrendering of human ego and the attainment of inner-peace.

May this joyous festival usher in a new era of peace, prosperity and happiness in our country.”