Vishu - a unique Kerala festival


Vishu is celebrated on the first day of the Malayalam month Medam, usually falls on the month of april. For keralites this is the astronimical new year, when the sun crosses the equator.

Vishu is associted with the Hindu religious beliefs, it is not in any way a religious festival. For keralites the famous ritual concerned with vishu is, the first thing people see on Vishu, the 'Vishukkani', is associated to the year's prosperity.

'Vishukkani' comprises of a ritual arrangement of auspicious things like fresh linen, raw rice, golden cucumber, betel leaves, arecanut, metal mirror, the yellow flowers 'konna' (cassia fistula), and a holy text and coins, in a bell metal vessel called 'uruli'. A lighted bell metal lamp called nilavilakku is also placed alongside.

On the New Year dawn of vishu, people wake up for the ritualistic arrangements for 'vishukani'. Giving off handsel (kaineettam) to the younger members of the family is part of the celebrations.
Vishu celebration plays and important part in kerala tourism, culture and heritage of kerala. In the day of vishu there will be special offerings in the temples of kerala especially the kerala temples where the worship of Lord Krishna has got prominence

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  Biby Cletus

April 16, 2007 at 8:41 AM

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