Kochi, Aug 25: Onam, the harvest festival of Kerala is being celebrated on Saturday.
As the South Indian state recently witnessed worst calamity in a century, the celebrations have been kept low profile, not in full swing.
However, Kerala may be flood-raved but the zeal of Onam is alive among the Malayalees and has not been able to undermine their spirit.
With the number of people displaced and living in relief camps, these camps have become centres of celebration as localities and volunteers are doing their best to celebrate the festival.
A special Onam feast was prepared at a relief camp in Chengannur district.
— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2018
As relief and rehabilitation work is underway, Onam wishes have been pouring across social media. Politicians, actors and others wished best for Kerala.
President Ram Nath Kovind said in a tweet, “Good wishes to fellow citizens, particularly to our brothers and sisters in Kerala, on Onam. May this festival marks a new beginning for all those in Kerala recovering in the aftermath of the floods, and gradually beginning to rebuild their lives”.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his wishes, saying May this Onam give further strength to the people of Kerala to overcome the adversities they have been facing for the past few days. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with Kerala and prays for the happiness as well as prosperity of it’s citizens”.