Sunday 25 Aug, 2019

Vishu; Malayali's New Year Festival

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala celebrates Vishu- the New Year celebration of Malayali today. According to Hindu calendar this is Malayalam month of Medam. Malayali especially Hindus worship Lord Vishnu or Lord Krishna on the day, and also visit temples to have a Vishukkani Kazhcha (viewing). Vishu is observed in the early hours of the day in the house of God such as Sabarimala Ayyappan Temple or Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple or Kulathupuzha Sree BaalaShastha Temple.

Families get together and prepare colourful auspicious items for the Vishu festival. On the day it falls, family members wake up early and view those first. Seeking to view the golden blossoms of the laburnum tree, money, silver items and rice, Malayali Hindus revel in the festival. In some districts celebrates the Vishu with fire crackers and making Vishu Kanji in the house.

Food is a special attraction on Vishu with Sadya — a mix of salty, sweet, sour and bitter items. Malayali women prepare a setting called Vishukkani — prolific with items such as rice, golden lemon, golden cucumber, coconut cut open, jack fruit, kanmashi Kajal, betel leaves, arecanut, metal mirror, golden yellow Konna flowers, holy Hindu texts, coins or currency notes, oil lamp, and an image of the Hindu God Vishnu. The elderly person in the house lights up the lamp at dawn and blindfolds each member to open their eyes to see the lamp first.

This celebration is mainly known as harvesting festival of Kerala. So in 'Kani'- the Malayali's set vegetables and fruits which harvested from their own farm.

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