Kerala Photos : Festivals : Vishu 2011
Vishu is a Hindu festival celebrated mainly in the Indian state of Kerala and in some parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It marks the first day of the Malayalam month of Medam, usually falling in mid-April according to the Gregorian calendar. The festival is celebrated as a harvest festival, signifying the beginning of the agricultural year in Kerala.

The word "Vishu" means "equal" in Sanskrit, and it is believed that the day of Vishu marks the sun's transit into the zodiac sign Aries, making day and night almost equal in length. On this day, people in Kerala typically wake up early and view the Vishukkani, a special arrangement of auspicious items like rice, fruits, flowers, and gold coins, which is set up the night before.

After viewing the Vishukkani, people offer prayers to Lord Krishna and visit temples. On this day, people also wear new clothes, prepare a special feast called Vishu Sadya, and exchange gifts with family and friends. One of the most important elements of Vishu is the giving of Vishukkaineetam, which is a token amount of money given by elders to children and young adults as a symbol of good luck and prosperity for the year ahead.

Fireworks and traditional games like uriyadi (breaking the pot), are also part of the Vishu celebrations. The festival of Vishu is a time for renewal, hope, and happiness, and it is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy in Kerala and other parts of South India.

Here are some Photos of Vishu 2011. Vishu Kani Photo Gallery with a beautiful Sri Krishna Idol.

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