Monday, September 04, 2006

Manmohan, Kalam extend Onam greetings

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have greeted the nation, especially the people of Kerala, on the eve of Onam, saying the festival is an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of unity and brotherhood that "underpins our national fabric."

In his message, Mr. Kalam said festivals are occasions for celebrations and for sharing joy and happiness with neighbours and those who are in need.

"May this year's Onam, the festival of harvest, bring peace, happiness and prosperity among our people and inspire all of us to work for further development of the country," he said.

The President said whenever happiness prevails it "radiates through kind acts towards the needy."

Dr. Singh said, "Onam heralds the beginning of the harvest season and reaffirms the secular traditions of the people of Kerala."

Appealing to the people to celebrate it in the spirit of unity and brotherhood, he said, "May the festival bring joy, peace and prosperity to all."


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