Thiruvananthapuram: The President, Prime Minister and Chief Minister have greeted people on the occasion of Onam, the festival which marks the beginning of the harvest season.
President Pranab Mukherjee, in his message, said, "On the festive occasion of Onam, I convey my heartiest greetings and best wishes to fellow countrymen, especially to my brothers and sisters from Kerala."
He said Onam coincides with the harvest season and marks joyful completion of human efforts with a prayerful optimism for the future.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also greeted the people on the occasion, saying he hoped the festival would bring happiness and prosperity for all.
In his message, Singh said, "Onam is a celebration of life and hope and a remembrance of the legendary and joyous past. The festival... Is a mark of the secular traditions of Kerala."
"Let this Onam be a festival of plenty, peace and camaraderie and a happy event to remember forever," Chief Minister Ommen Chandy said in his Onam message.