Friday, 25 April 2008

Something about Vishu

"When are we going to get our Vishukaineettom??” My cousin brother and I hung about the kitchen where my grandmother, mom and aunts were busy preparing the Vishu sadya (feast). One of my aunts smiled and said “Hey, it isn’t nice to ask for Vishukaineettom...Wait child."

I was a kid then and getting Vishukaineettom was one of the main attractions of Vishu- since the custom involved the elders giving the young ones money:-) It was that part of the year when one got reasonably rich and started thinking of how to spend the money and how not to.
Our favourite "shopping centre" was the small shop near the temple which was open only on special days. (And this year too I got to see the shop. Just see the crowd!)





Another thing that we relished was Vishukkodi- which meant getting a new dress!! Now, don’t you see why everyone loves Vishu??

But Vishu would not be complete without Vishukkani. In fact Vishukkani is the most important ritual of Vishu. It is said that if we see loads of good things on this day, good luck and prosperity would be with us throughout the year. So Vishukkani is an assortment of all the things we would like to get that year- gold, Kasavu mundu(white cloth with golden borders), rice, jackfruit, mangoes, vegetables and also the flowers of Konna tree. (See my previous post for the pic)



This Vishu was really great. We got to see the festival at the temple near our grandfather’s house.





P.S. : I should have posted this long time back.. But I have been quite lazy the past few days. Really needed a break, you see? Hope you did not miss me much:-)

10 comments:

Paul Burman said...

Have missed you, but good to have you back, and with such an interesting post too. Great pics too.

Swubird said...

Very interesting post. Love to hear about other cultures besides my own. Nice photos also. They filled my big screen and gave me a real look into life at the village.

Have a nice day.

Novice Writer said...

Thanks Paul:-) Glad that you liked the post:-)

Swubird, great to have you here:-) My father took those pictures. Sadly we couldn't manage a video.Thanks for visiting!

JudeTheObscure said...

Hi,

I like your writing but your blog has a small problem, nothing serious- just a small technicality..the colors on the sides do not contrast hence its hard to make out the links. When you make a blog, it would be a good idea to make it visually consistent.

Cheers,

Jude

Sindhu said...

This is really a cool blog. Find a similar post in my blog too!

Cheers!

Stella said...

Welcome back! :)

Novice Writer said...

Thanks Jude for stopping by..But the colours in the sidebars do contrast..The background is green and the font white..Please do tell me if there is any problem..Your comment is much appreciated..

Sindhu, thank you..Your blogs are really cool. Great to have you here!

Thanks Stella:-)

bindhiya said...

Hi,
Nice to see your post about Vishu...
it just took me to right there where i have to be... :))
love
bindi

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