Usually, the people of Kerala decked up their houses and dressed in the traditional white attire on the occasion of Onam. However, this year the circumstances are a bit different as the Keralaite are trying to get back on their feet after the state saw the worst flood in a century.
The situation was so grim that more than 400 people lost their lives because of torrential rains and flood in Kerala. After taking stock of the situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a grant of Rs 500 crore apart from the Rs 100 crore declared by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Earlier this month, Onam celebrations was cancelled by the Kerala government. Even outside Kerala, Onam celebrations are reported to be held in a low-key fashion in solidarity with those affected by the horrific flood. But the festive spirit will linger on despite all adversities especially among the youngsters.
Indian cricket fraternity on Saturday (August 25) extended Onam greetings to the people of Kerala and hoped the festival would give them more strength to overcome adversities.
Here are some of the tweets:
ഓണം ആശംസകൾ— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 25, 2018
The people of Kerala have been through a lot in the last couple of weeks. But the spirit and resilience of Kerala will overcome all odds. May God bless ‘God’s own country’ always. #Onam #RebuildKerala
Happy Onam to all my Malayalee brothers and sisters. It's a hard time but may this festival inspire you all to bounce back to the lives you deserve to live! #Onam— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) August 25, 2018
Onam Ashamshakal. Happy Onam to the resilient and brave people of Kerala. May the Lord give strength to overcome this adversity soon and may there be love and peace all around. pic.twitter.com/xNRqz5TFZx— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 25, 2018
Celebrate this day with a heart filled with peace, love and hope. Happy Onam! pic.twitter.com/7l2YfJT1Q7— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) August 25, 2018
A very #HapppyOnam to all the bravehearts of Kerala. May the almighty give u all the courage & strength to get through these tough times and may this day bring light, happiness and prosperity to our mighty Kerala.— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 25, 2018
This Onam let's stand together with the people of kerala who showed courage and resilience through the adversity that they are facing. LET US ALL HELP REBUILD KERALA. #HappyOnam pic.twitter.com/jjeGr3R7fA— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 25, 2018
It is so good to see that the people in Kerela are celebrating Onam despite of the natural calamity and struggle they have gone through. Wishing everyone a very Happy Onam!— R P Singh (@rpsingh) August 25, 2018
Wishing you a very Happy Onam. May the tough times be behind and may this day usher new possibilities , peace and happiness. pic.twitter.com/0ub3hZk895— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 25, 2018
To all the wonderful people who actually celebrated a bigger festival called ‘Humanity’, wish you a very Happy Onam. May Lord Mahabali shower you with courage and strength to overcome the adversity and rebuild the wonderful land???????? pic.twitter.com/6RF0vuPXBs— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 25, 2018