This year’s vishu is in our door step, it is coming on this Sunday 14th of April. Hope everybody started making vishu dishes already like pickles, chammanthi podi etc. In Kerala, southern part of India it is celebrated as Vishu a Harvest festival, in neighboring Tamil Nadu it is celebrated as Tamil New Year and in Punjab it is celebrated as Baisakhi and in Assam it is celebrated as Bihu.
During Vishu ( April-May, this year April 14th), Laburnums flowers starts to bloom, glittering everything in beautiful yellow, even a special variety of cucumber shows off its skin in beautiful yellow, gold coin everything related to Vishu is bright yellow as sunshine. In Kerala, Jack fruit, Mango, Cashew trees are in full form starting to share their crop from top to bottom.
Vishu brings me a lot of nostalgia, waiting for the coins which appa gave us in the form of Vishukainettam. In the early hours of the morning we get up to see Vishukani. And we pray to God to keep us safe, happy and prosperous. And a yummy feast follows in the day. If you want to read ritual about Vishu, read hereand here.
Vishu is unique festival compared to Onam our main festival as latter is celebrated everywhere, in home and outside (like office, public places) where as first one is only celebrated in home. Even southern and northern part of Kerala has its own difference in celebrating Vishu. In South, there will be, Vishukani ( (First thing seeing in the morning ), kaineetam (coin giving to younger ones by elders as a simple of sharing the prosperity) and feast, where as north it is celebrated with all these along with fire crackers.
Aviyal /Mixed vegetables with coconut.
Pradhaman/ Sweet pudding