Vishu is here and its celebration time too
Edappal: Another Vishu falls on Thursday marking the first day of the Malayalam month of Medam. As on every Vishu, Malayalee will wake up at the auspicious pre-dawn hours to see the Nilavilakku lit in front of Lord Krishna in the Pooja room. Apart from the idol of the God, there will be rice, fresh notes, washed cloth, gold, amaltas, book, 'valkannadi', jackfruit, mango, cucumber, coconut, betel leaves and arecanut arranged artfully in an 'Uruli' made of shiny brass or bell metal in the Vishu kani.
The family head then gives token amounts of money to the women and children in the family as 'Vishu kaineettam'. Crackers are burst and temple visits happen with day-break. Thereafter, the family assembles around the culinary delight of an elaborate 'Sadya' which is served with some sweet 'manbazha pulissery' and jackfruit 'puzhukku'.
In the agricultural families this day also marks the beginning of a new season of agriculture. The beginning of tilling and land preparation starts on this day which is also the day of the Aswathy star of the 'Njattuvela' season. The Vishu market has been active for long with Malayalees around the world scrambling to fill their Vishu Kani with products sourced from markets. The recession hasn’t affected the celebrations either.