Saturday, April 14, 2012

Happy Vishu

Vishu marks the beginning of Malayalam New Year, the beginning of hope and new life.Vishu is the astrological new year of Kerala. Vishu conveys the message of auspiciousness and prosperity. Vishukkani or the viewing of the auspicious objects is an important ritual associated with Vishu.
                 we celebrate the harvest festival, Vishu today.I woke up this morning around 4 am.Headed toward the living room with my eyes closed and there it was – the Vishu kani lit with lamps shining so bright everything so bright and colorful.. This propitious 'seeing ceremony' is a harbinger of health, happiness, peace and prosperity and set the tone for the year ahead. Of course ,then I received my "Vishukkaineettom". Crackers are not allowed here. But we can use them in some temples.
          It is the custom for people to wake up at dawn on Vishu and to go to the puja room with their eyes closed so that the first thing that they see in the new year is the Vishukkani.  People also celebrate by wearing new clothes, lighting firecrackers and feasting.                         
                  For me it’s a festival of nostalgic memories  and they are invariably associated with my childhood. Those memories are as golden as the 'Kani Konna flower'.

Happy Vishu! Let this be a delightful year, filled with delightful things in each of its days.

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