Joyful Onam 2023 Celebrations Unfold Nationwide: A Festival of Unity and Abundance
Amidst smiles and camaraderie, Onam 2023, a vibrant 10-day festival celebrated mainly in Kerala, has kicked off with great enthusiasm. The festivities began on August 20th, called Atham, and will culminate on August 31st, known as Thiruvonam. Onam falls in the month of Chingam, which can be in either August or September.
The spirit of Onam has spread across the nation, with prominent figures including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Draupadi Murmu, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi, and Chief Minister M K Stalin extending their heartfelt greetings. They all joined in wishing people a happy and prosperous Onam.
In his warm message, Prime Minister Modi expressed his hopes for everyone to enjoy good health, boundless joy, and immense prosperity. He noted that Onam has evolved into a global festival, showcasing the rich culture of Kerala.
President Droupadi Murmu took a moment to reflect on the occasion, expressing gratitude to Mother Nature for her blessings. She shared her hopes that this harvest festival would bring prosperity and a sense of unity among all.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stressed the significance of Onam as a celebration of prosperity, brotherhood, and equality. He encouraged everyone to use this occasion to strengthen the bonds of humanity beyond any divisions.
Even beyond Kerala’s borders, the festival’s spirit reached Tamil Nadu, with Governor R N Ravi and Chief Minister M K Stalin extending their warm regards. Governor Ravi wished for peace, prosperity, and good health to bless everyone on this festive occasion. Chief Minister Stalin emphasized the unity of Dravidian culture and dismissed attempts to misinterpret Onam.
Onam is not just about festivities; it’s a tapestry of stories and myths woven around the legendary King Mahabali’s homecoming. The festival’s sequence spans ten days, starting from Atham and progressing through Chodhi, Vishakam, Anizham, Thriketa, Moolam, Pooradam, and Uthradam, before culminating in the most significant day, Thiruvonam. This day is marked by a grand feast called Onasadya, where families come together to enjoy an opulent meal.
So, as Onam’s vibrant celebrations paint a picture of unity and abundance, let’s remember the essence of this festival: a time to cherish togetherness and the bounties of nature.