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WKK celebrates Eid-Onam 2017
October 3, 2017, 11:57 am
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Welfare Kerala Kuwait (WKK), Farwaniya zone celebrated Eid al-Adha and Onam 2017 in the amazing spirit of harmony, equality, love and brotherhood. People from different religious backgrounds assembled enthusiastically on 29 September at Ideal Auditorium, Farwaniya to celebrate the two festivals together. The event featured a traditional Onasadhya and the presence of Mahabali (Maveli thampuran) in his traditional attire. Welfare Kuwait gave the event a unique name,‘Einam’, and transformed it in to a beautiful amalgam of various religions and cultures, strongly knitting the bonds of friendship and brotherhood.

While Eid al-Adha is celebrated by Muslims all over the world as they come together to pray for humanity, to commemorate the eventful life of Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon him) and his great sacrifice in human history, as well as to carry on his message with them, the message of compassion and sacrifice to the will of God.Meanwhile, Onam is being celebrated to mark the return of the legendary king Mahabali, who ruled Kerala with great prosperity, equality and communal amity, but sacrificed his life to keep up his words. It is marked as an annual festival celebrated by the people of Kerala and Malyalees living across the globe, the biggest festival of Kerala.

The cultural session of the event, was inaugurated by famous writer Preman Ellath and during the inaugural address he said that India has set an important example of communal harmony to this world.

India, a multi-religious, multilingual and multi-racial country, has always ‘enjoyed the essential unity of culture amidst diversities that kept her people united. These values are more relevant today than ever and we must come together in our communities and as a society to draw strength from our shared humanity, he continued.

Suresh V. Balakrishnan, the vice principal of Bhavans and leading mentor of Toastmaster club of Kuwait, presented the topic on Onam and its relevance to the current Indian situation. He told the audience to be vigilant and aware of the modern day ‘vamanas’, who come in different forms to destroy the very harmonious nature of our country.

He also urged the members to take up the role of the great teacher and strategist of Mahabali, the Shukracharya in identifying the shrewd and evil intentions of those politicians, who has resemblance to Vamana with regards to his intentions to kill the legendary King Maveli and destroy the communal harmony and prosperity of the people. 

Welfare Central Committee president Khaleelurahman, working committee member Moidu K. and Islamic Women’s Association (IWA) president Mehbooba Anees were also talked on the cultural event and reiterated the need of bringing back the rich Indian tradition and culture built in communal amity and secularism.

The cultural program was followed by verity entertainments, including thiruvathira dance, Oppana, orchestra with nostalgic patriotic songs and children’s dance items. 

The 26 delectable vegetarian dishes prepared by the ladies wing of Welfare Kerala Kuwait was the main attraction and was served on fresh green banana leaves in the traditional style.  Zonal president Abdul Vahid presided over the function, Zonal Secretary Noushad welcomed the gathering and Riggae Unit President Ashraf Vaakath proposed the vote of thanks.

 

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