Vishu is celebrated as the beginning celebrations of the New Year by the people of Kerala and in other nearby states. The day is considered very auspicious for Keralite as they believe it brings the good fortune with the forthcoming year. Various traditional rituals and activities are performed among them Kani is the most significant.
Time to Celebrate:
Vishu is held on the first day of the Malayalam month of Medam (April-May).
The main objective behind the celebrations of Vishu is to welcome the forthcoming year with proper prompt and splendor and it is widely celebrated in various regions of the country by particular customs and names. Like in Punjab, it is celebrated as Baisakhi whereas in Bihar it is famous as Bihu and Puthandu in Tamil Nadu. Therefore Vishu is particularly popular in the state Kerala and celebrated by Keralites. They started the special day by viewing the “Kani”, a special ritual in which all the materials which are considered auspicious, look up by the family members first in early in the morning. Then after the ritual bath, family members go together to the nearest temple to seek the blessings of the Lord.
After observing various ceremonial rites, people together celebrate the day by rejoicing and with enthusiasm. Females are busy in making the delicious traditional South Indian food items and children burst fire crackers.