New Delhi: Parliament will have a holiday on Wednesday on account of Onam festival. The President and Vice President greeted the nation on the eve of Onam, which marks the beginning of the harvest season.

Speaker Meira Kumar took the sense of the Lok Sabha and announced that there would be no sitting tomorrow on account of Onam.

Picture Gallery: Onam Celebrations

The announcement was made in the Rajya Sabha by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien.

The two Houses, whose proceedings were disrupted for the sixth consecutive day today on the coal block allocation issue, will now meet on Thursday.

President, VP greet nation

President Pranab Mukherjee in his message said, "On the joyous occasion of Onam, I offer my warm felicitations and heartiest greetings to all my brothers and sisters belonging to Kerala."

He said the festival brings out the rich cultural heritage of Kerala in its best form and spirit.

"May this harvest festival instill in us the spirit of national integration and inspire us to work for further development of our country," Mukherjee said.

Vice President M Hamid Ansari said Onam plays an important role in uniting people.

He wished that the festival "may usher in peace, prosperity and happiness in the society and contribute in the nation's progress".

(Agencies)

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