On Monday 16th September 2013 Shri Narendra Modi greeted Malayalis living all over the world on the festival of Onam. In his Onam message, delivered in Malayalam, Shri Narendra Modi said that Onam is a festival of prosperity, unity, virtue and truthfulness. He described Onam as an occasion to remember the golden age of benevolent King Mahabali and a day that gives a message to recreate those days of prosperity and unity, which is the need of the hour.
Shri Narendra Modi pointed that the Malayali community has travelled to various parts of the world and has made a mark through their hardwork and intelligence. Yet, irrespective of any hardships in life, the community never forgets to celebrate Thiruvronam in the month of Chingam with family. Shri Modi also said that he is visiting Kerala on 26th September to participate in the 60th birthday celebrations of Mata Amarathananda Mai Devi and that he is looking forward to being in Kerala.