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Thursday, February 14, 2008
Vishu came to me early this year, as I see the ‘Kanikkonna’ (Golden shower) tree near my window has bloomed... Now I wonder, what I will do on 14th April, when it is time to make the ‘Vishukkani’..! Hmmm... I will have to purchase the flowers from market..!!!
[ For My Friends who don’t know what vishu is, I add a brief description adopted fron Wikipedia:-
Vishu (Malayalam:വിഷു)- is a festival held in the state of Kerala around the first day in the Hindu month of Medam (April – May). This occasion signifies the Sun's transit to the zodiac Mesha Mesha Raasi as per Indian astrological calculations. Vishu is also considered as the Harvest festival of Kerala and the occasion marks the beginning of Malayalam New Year, thus the day is important to all Malayalees regardless of their religion or sect.
The festival is marked with offerings to the divine called Vishukkani. The offerings consist of a ritual arrangement in the puja room of auspicious articles like raw rice, fresh linen, golden cucumber, betel leaves, arecanut, metal mirror, the yellow flowers konna (Cassia fistula), and a holy text and coins, in a bell metal vessel called uruli. A lighted bell metal lamp called nilavilakku is also placed alongside. This arrangement is completed the previous night. On the day of Vishu, the custom is to wake up at dawn and go to the puja room with the eyes closed so that the Vishukkani is the first thing one sees.]