Vishu – A New Year #atozchallenge

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New year arriveth
Bringing much hope, dreams and joy
Let good times begin

Vishu – The New Year celebrated in Kerala usually on or around the second week of April (usually 14 April). Yeah they have their own calendar but I am not too good at those. Whats important is it was celebrated on 14 Apr this year !! 🙂

The day starts with a Vishukkani, a literal translation meaning “first thing you see after waking up” and this is usually the idol of Krishna elaborately arranged with a lot of other traditional items. Usually the lady of the house arranges the vishukanni the previous night, wakes up early in the morning, lights the lamp and then makes sure the others see this as the first thing when they open their eyes. This involves a lot of walking in the dark of course with your eyes closed or covered :). The Vishukkani usually consists of a ritual arrangement of auspicious articles like raw rice, fresh lemon, golden cucumber, betel leaves, arecanut, metal mirror, yellow flowers konna (Cassia Fistula), and a holy text and coins, in a bell metal vessel called uruli. A lighted bell metal lamp called nelavilakku is also placed alongside (taken from Wikipedia). Well we did with whatever we could arrange. Its also a day the foodies would die for with some traditional sadya (feast) with a unimaginable number of food items if one can find the right source and we did 🙂

Part of #atozchallenge with V. Also linked to Katherine’s Corner. Haiku composed with Syllable Counter

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Roshni says:

    Love the explanation! I love the care that is taken over small, simple things during these occasions!

  2. >the foodies would die for!
    Aye aye! I wait for my Mallu friends to invite me, if they don’t I invite myself 😛

    All the arrangements and stuff are the reasons I love festivals . Love the crisp narration

  3. Shilpa Garg says:

    That’s a wonderful Haiku and thanks for sharing about Vishukkani . Have never seen anybody celebrating it here 😛

  4. I have heard that the Sadya is to-die-for.

  5. I had heard of Vishu but didn’t know the details. Didn’t even know that Lord Krishna was involved – really interesting!

  6. Suzy says:

    And seeing Lord Krishna first thing in the morning is an auspicious start to any day and the year. Nice one.

  7. afshan18 says:

    Have a great year ahead
    belated vishu wishes 🙂

  8. Me says:

    I used to see a pic of Jesus the day of Vishu as Vishukani… and rush to Dad for Vishu kaineettam. And Mom’s in a mood to cook, then we will be treated with the Sadya. I guess whatever the religion is, India is one place where we could celebrate everything in our own way without loosing much of it’s essence.

    And belated Vishu wishes to you. 🙂

  9. Numerounity says:

    Happy Vishu!

    Where’s your Vishu dolls etc? 🙂

    1. Pheno Menon says:

      U might be confusing this with Pongal, celebrated in Tamil Nadu… There are no doll arrangements as such here. I am no “Madrasi” but a Malayalee 😀

  10. It is my favourite festival we celebrate in Kerala, the kani in the morning, the kaineettam, the yummy sadya and not to mention all the banter when all the relatives get to together 🙂

    Bhavya
    Just Another Blog

  11. G Angela says:

    Happy Vishu ! I have never heard of this, thanks for sharing !

  12. blogwatig says:

    Wow! Three things. One, had no clue about this, so learnt something new. Two, how do the ladies manage with their eyes closed, totally intrigued. Three, 14th April is a fab day, my daughter’s birthday! LOVED IT!

  13. janu says:

    Lovely Haiku…am familiar with this. Happy new year to you.

  14. Visual feast and gastronomic delight of a post 🙂

  15. Interesting tradition! We Indians got quite a few of them 🙂

    Akhil Kalsh. http://www.1hw.in

  16. Friends in Sri lanka celebrate this New Year, they were just telling me about it today, fascinating.
    #atozchallenge
    maggie at expat brazil

  17. Meera says:

    Best Wishes for the year ahead 🙂

  18. privytrifles says:

    Vishu Ashamshakkal 🙂

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