Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Vishu - Kerela New Year

The New Year celebrated by the people of Kerela is known as Vishu. As per the Gregorian calendar the Vishu falls on April 14. The original meaning of Vishu equal. The name is derived from the fact that during this time of the year the sun transits into the first zodiac sign.

The festival of Vishu is just like the other festivals of New Year like, Baishakhi, Bihu and others. The Vishu Kerela New Year is all about waking up in the morning and seeing the first thing. The event is called Vishukkani. It means " the first thing seen on the day of Vishu after waking up". There e few things which are required in the Vishukkani. The things are:

  • Raw rice
  • Fresh lemon
  • Golden cucumber
  • Betel Leaves
  • Arecanut
  • Metal Mirror
  • Yellow flowers konna
  • Holy text
  • Coins

All these are placed in a metal vessel called uruli. This is placed in the room during the New Year time. This is believed to bring good luck. A lamp is lighted in front of the thali. The lighted lamp is called nilavilakku. The whole arrangement is made a night before the New Year celebration. As a part of the tradition, people need wake up early in the morning. With eyes closed you people need to visit the Vishukkani. People om the house must first see the Vishukkani. This will make the coming year a memorable one. After the Vishukkani has been viewed, few scriptures from the Holy book of Ramayana is read.

The specific page of Ramayana which gets opened first, will show how the coming year will be. So the first page is very important. Temples like Sabarimala Ayyappan Temple, Guruvayur Sree Krishna are visited on the Vishu day. All parts of Kerela celebrated Vishu. This is festival of fun and enjoyment.

Durig the festival tome people meet and greet people. This time of the year they make the most delicious dishes.

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