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Happy Vishu

Happy Vishu. Here is an image of our Vishukanni this morning.
Vishu is a new year festival celebrated in Kerala. “Vishu” in Sanskrit means “equal”. Therefore Vishu is more probably denoting one of the equinox days.

The most important event in Vishu is the Vishukkani, which literally ” the first thing to be seen on the Vishu day post waking up”. The Vishukkani consist of a ritual arrangement of auspicious articles like raw rice, fresh lemon, golden cucumber, betel leaves, arecanut, metal mirror, the yellow flowers konna, and a holy text and coins, in a bell metal vessel called uruli in the puja room of the House. A lighted bell metal lamp called nilavilakku is also placed alongside. This arrangement is completed the previous night. On the day of Vishu, the custom is to wake up at dawn and go to the puja room room with the eyes closed so that the Vishukkani is the first sight of the new season.

“Vishu” is celebrated with much fanfare and vigour in all parts of Kerala. Bursting crackers is part and parcel of the celebration especially for children. People wear new clothes (Puthukodi) for the occasion and elders of the family distribute tokens of money, called Vishukkaineetam, to children, servants and tenants.
Vishu is also a day of feasting, wherein the edibles consist of roughly equal proportions of salty, sweet, sour and bitter items.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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  1. April 15, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Happy Vishu to you and your family, Sajeev!

  2. April 15, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Thanks:) Wish you and family too a very Happy Vishu!

  3. April 16, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Sanjeev,

    Nice posting. My late happy Vishu.

    • April 17, 2011 at 3:07 am

      Hi Prasanna, Wish you also a belated Happy Vishu! Wish you good health, happiness and prosperity!

  4. April 18, 2011 at 5:08 am

    belated ‘happy vishu’!

    • April 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      Hi magiceye – Thanks and belated vishu greetings to you too:)

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