Vishu is traditionally celebrated as a New Year in the Malayalam Calendar. "Vishu" is celebrated with much fanfare and vigour in all parts of Kerala. Vishu is also a day of feasting. The foods consist of equal proportions of salty, sweet, sour and bitter items.The word Vishu is a Sanskrit word which means equal and thus it denotes equinox days. It is considered as the harvest festival of Kerala and thus is very important to the Malayalees. Features Vishukkani means ‘that which is seen first on Vishu’. This Vishukkani is a panorama of different auspicious items which include gold items, fruits and vegetables, clothes, coins etc.
During the day of Vishu Festival people visit the famous temples like SabarimalaAiyappam Temple, GuruvayurShri Krishna Temple to have a VishukkaniKazcha at the early hours of the day. To prepare the Kanni the women of the family take a large dish made of bell metal called Uruli and arrange flowers, coins, a split coconut, mangoes, jack fruits and many more items in it.
How to arrange Vishukani
The Ashtamangalyam is common in the arrangement of Vishukani in various regions. Next most important item on the list is the Kanikonna, a yellow color flower found throughout Kerala during the Vishu season. Most people are ready to give a miss to most items in the long Vishukani list but not the Kanikonna. It is a must for all people. Fruits and Vegetables Mango fruit along with its small branches and leaves Two or more Coconuts with its branch (Thenga Kula) At least two Cashew nuts along with small branches and leaves Small jackfruit (idichakka) Pineapple Golden colored cucumber (Kani Vellari) Bananas And other fresh vegetables Metals Gold Coins Nirapara (A measuring vessel filled with un-husked rice) Kindi (A traditional vessel with a tail used to keep water) Those people who do not have an uruli usually use any clean tray. The auspicious items are kept in front of an idol of Lord Krishna.