Vishu, the Malayalam New Year, is one of the most important traditional Kerala festivals. The New Year's Day falls on `Medam' in the Malayalam calendar which would be during the March April period. The state is transformed into a hub of revelry and merrymaking during the auspicious occasion of Vishu. The celebration begins at dawn of the New Year's Day with elaborate rituals in the temples and exchange of greetings and gifts.
Kani is the most important part for this festival. People believe that seeing kani, at the dawn of this day will bring luck and prosperity for the next year. Kani is normally set in a circular metal plate or in circular brass vessel known as uruli.
Hindus believe that whatever one see first in the morning will decide the luck for that day and call it as kani. The same way they believe that, the New Year should start with seeing good and lucky objects, to bring luck and prosperity for the whole year. Senior lady of the house will set kani on the preceding night, so that she can also see kani at the early morning of the day. The Vishu kani is made with auspicious items such as Rice, coconut, gold , money, new cloth, areca nut, betel leaves, fruits, vegetables like mangoes, yellow cucumber, and jack-fruit, along with the konna pove (Indian Laburnum). The entire above item will be set in the circular plate or in a uruli. Behind the kani plate, they will keep a mirror and a statue of garlanded Lord Krishna. She will also keep a prayer lamp called Nilavilakku, at the side of kani.
People are seen clad in traditional attire thronging the temples early in the morning. Traditional singing and dancing are part of the Vishu celebrations. The traditional vegetarian `sadya' is prepared in homes and hotels for lunch. Cultural celebrations are organized to make this day a truly delightful start for the year.
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In our Lord's Love