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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Vishu Festival [This festival is celebrated in Kerala ( south of India)]

Vishu festival is celebrated on the first day in the first Malayalam month of Medam (March - April) and is the most important festival of Kerala. Kerala Vishu festival is all about welcoming the spring season as a New Year begins afresh. It is usually celebrated on April 14th every year, though may differ according to the traditional calendar. Vishu festival celebration in Kerala is worth watching as each house glows and gleams on this occasion.

On this day, it is believed that the first thing one sees in the morning will decide the kind of year ahead. This is the main belief behind preparing "Vishukani". An assortment of items like raw rice, gold, silver, coins, holy text, some particular vegetables and fruits, etc. are arranged on a tray. Usually the youngest member of a family is ushered with his/her eyes closed to room where all this is arranged in front of images of Gods. He/she is then asked to look at these items. This is done early in the morning, usually at the crack of dawn. The elders of the family prepare this tray.

It is said that seeing goods like the ones above will assure prosperity in the coming year. Everyone wears new clothes on this day and visits temples to thank Lord for the year that went by and look forward to another great year. All houses are decked up with flower garlands and lamps are lit to bring in good luck and positive energy. The kids are given small amounts of money to make sure that they prosper ahead in life. The most awaited part is the feast that is prepared in each household. All traditional food items are prepared and the delicacies are absolutely lip-smacking. In case you visit Kerala during this time, make sure you visit temples to see spectacular decorations.

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  • no profile photo CD3668947
    Thank you for the great pictures to go along with this blog. Om shanti! Jackie.
    3979 days ago
  • *MADHU*
    Happy Vishu, Pam !
    3980 days ago
    Happy Vishu Pam, thanks for sharing the details about the festival.
    3980 days ago
  • KOMAL53
    I love all our traditions and these bind us tightly to our beautifully rich Culture.I loved the Pictures you posted-----the peaceful and pure ambience pervades the Pictures---they speak about all that is beautiful,pure and good!!!Happy New Year to you---may your home always be blessed with The Almighty's choicest Blessings!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3981 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this. I love learning about the cultures and traditions of other areas of the world.
    3981 days ago
    This sounds so cool. The tables in your photos are beautiful. I hope your son loved the festival. I bet your family had a wonderful day. Best wishes to you and your family on this special day for you. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us. I know I learned a lot. emoticon
    3981 days ago
    Thank you for this!!! Beautiful pictures! It really is great to learn of others customs! I hope you're enjoying your day!
    3981 days ago
  • JUDY1676
    Thanks for sharing! It's great to learn about others customs and special days and how they are celebrated!
    3981 days ago
    Sounds beautiful and like a wonderful day! Have a fantastic time and a great new year....many many blessings to you and yur family.
    3981 days ago
  • SAPNA.
    I hope with all my heart that this coming year is a very good one for you.
    3981 days ago
    emoticon Best of wishes for the next year! emoticon emoticon Have a wonderful time! Happy Vishu! emoticon
    3981 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/14/2010 5:26:33 PM
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