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Thiruvananthapuram, Sept 10 Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Tuesday greeted the people of the state on the eve of Onam.

In his message, Khan conveyed his heartiest Onam greetings to Keralites all over the world.

“I sincerely wish that the melody, beauty and sparkle of Onam fill our minds and homes with the celestial joy of festivity and convey to the world, Kerala’s unique message of equality, love and harmony,” he said in a release.

Minister of State for External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs, V Muraleedharan also wished the people of the state on Onam eve.

“Onam festival marks the history and the cultural heritage of Kerala. Malayalis are ready to welcome ‘Thiruvonam’ by making floral carpets, wearing new clothes and preparing a lavish Onam ‘Sadhya’,” he said in a release.

Police are maintaining a tight vigil following inputs from the Army that there may be a terror attack in southern parts of the country.

Meanwhile, Kerala Tourism’s week-long cultural extravaganza to mark this year’s Onam celebrations started on Tuesday, showcasing the states vibrant classical and folk dances, modern art and performing traditions across the southern state.

The fest would feature over 5,000 artistes of different genres and Thiruvanathauram, the state capital, alone would have programmes in as many as 29 venues, officials said.

The celebrations would conclude with a colourful cultural pageantry here on September 16.

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