Cricketing universe comes together to wish Kerala a very happy “Onam”
The cricketing fraternity was in awe of the incredible spirit shown by all the Keralites in this hour of grief.
Updated - Aug 25, 2018 4:02 pm
The timing of the festival Onam couldn’t have been worse as the state of Kerala faces one of the biggest disasters and is completely distraught. A lot of casualties have been recorded to go with a humongous property loss, which sums up almost to Rs. 20,000 crore. Onam is one of the biggest festivals according to the Kerala traditions and is celebrated universally. The last few weeks have been very tough to digest, but this festival can certainly lighten up the mood up to an extent.
Onam marks the commemoration of home-coming of the King Mahabali. In Kerala, it is the festival is celebrated with the most number of cultural elements such as Vallam Kali, Pulikali, Pookkalam, Onathappan, Tug of War, Thumbi Thullal, Kummati kali, Onathallu, Onavillu, Kazhchakkula, Onapottan, Atthachamayam etc. Onam is reminiscent of Kerala’s agrarian past, as it is considered to be a harvest festival.
Cricketing fraternity comes together to wish Kerala
Despite all the chaos happening in the state, the spirit of Onam remained high and afloat. Although the Kerala government earlier this month cancelled Onam celebration to avoid extra expenditure, the locals didn’t step back from paying respects to their god.
Many houses across the state were adorned with flowers and lamps, but most of the temples were left plain in the view of the floods.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan then announced diversion of the Rs. 30 crore, set aside for the festivity, to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. Reports also suggest cancellation of Onam events by Kerala expatriates from the Middle East and other countries. The very famous Ayyappa temple too has not been decorated to commemorate the occasion.
The cricketing fraternity was in awe of the incredible spirit shown by all the Keralites in this hour of grief. From the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who wished a speedy recovery for the God’s own country to all the current Indian cricketers, everyone used the hashtag “Rebuild Kerala”.
Here’s how the cricketing world reacted:
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
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 25, 2018
The Harvest festival known for reuniting Malayali's.Tis #Onam2018 is going to be al abt courage and resilience as tey go about rebuilding their lives.With a prayer for God's Own Country my heartfelt wishes to everyone. No floods last forever time to bounce bak #Kerala #Happyonam
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 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
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
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
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
Happy #Onam to all the lovely people from Kerala. May God give all the strength to the people currently in distress. Wishing for all the happiness, love and peace in your lives always. pic.twitter.com/lFbZRkX9Ew
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) August 25, 2018
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
To all my Dearest Friends. Wishing you all pic.twitter.com/E9JAf4YBT5
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) August 25, 2018