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Kerala – Vishu celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety

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Kochi. Kerala, celebrated the Malayalam New Year, Vishu, with colourful rituals, traditional fervour and gaiety on Saturday. Vishu, which is also celebrated as a harvest festival, falls on the first day of the Malayalam month of ‘Medam’.

The day began with family members waking up in the early hours to see ‘vishukkanni’, the custom of looking at auspicious articles arranged in brass vessels, symbolising hope and prosperity. The items included seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers, rice, gold ornaments, clothes, coins and holy texts.

Elders followed the tradition of presenting money, especially coins, as ‘Vishukkaineetam’ to youngsters in the family. In the northern parts of the state, the day marked the beginning of ‘Vishu Vilakku’ festival season in many temples.

The preparation of ‘Vishu Sadhya’, a sumptuous feast comprising ethnic delicacies made of seasonal produce like cucumber, mango, and jackfruit, was also a highlight of the Vishu celebrations in central and southern districts.

All major temples, including Lord Krishna’s at Guruvayur and Lord Ayyappa’s at Sabarimala, witnessed a heavy rush of devotees since the early morning hours.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly V D Satheesan greeted people on the day.

Vishu greetings to everyone. Wishing you all a great year ahead,” tweeted Prime Minister.

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