When we say or think of Kerala then the world of cultural tradition or custom comes to our mind. Kerala is ready to welcome its one of the important festival Vishu. Vishu festival is celebrated as harvest festival or new year of Kerala. It signifies the transition of the sun to the Medam Rashi (Aries first solar month). Sun transits this sign mostly from March 21 to April 20 each year.
Vishu signifies the transition of the sun and the festival is new year of Kerala. It is believed that the first thing which you see on Vishu is what your whole year will be. People organize Vishu Kani, a displays of fruit and vegetables with gold coins so that the whole year be filled with happiness and prosperity in the family. This year it will be celebrated on Sunday April 15,2018.
Vishu is incomplete without Vishu Konna or Kanikkonna. It is a flower, Amaltas or Cassia fistula (botanical name) known as the golden rain tree. It is one of the favorite flowers of Lord Krishna. On the day of Vishu, lord vishnu or Sri Krishna (form of Vishnu) is worshipped. On this day eldest member in a family give coins as Vishukkaineettam. In after noon all get together to have lunch feast called vishu sadya.
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.
- Vishu Konna or Kanikkonna: Amaltas or Cassia fistula (botanical name) known as the golden rain tree.
- Vishu Kani: Means “which is seen first on Vishu”
- Vishukkaineettam: Distribution of wealth
- Vishu sadya: Feast Lunch