Vishu - Malayalam New Year
Vishu is the Malayalam New Year celebrated in Kerala, on the first day of Medam month. The festival's name comes from the Sanskrit word Viṣuvam, which means "equal." On this day, people wear new clothes and partake
in a feast called Sadhya. The feast includes a variety of vegetarian dishes, such as sambar, aviyal, thoran, and payasam.
Vishukkani, which means "that which is seen first on Vishu," is a tray of auspicious items that Malayalis prepare the day before the festival. This tray includes rice, golden lemon, golden cucumber, coconut, jackfruit,
Kanmashi, betel leaves, arecanut, Aranmula kannadi, golden-colored Konna flowers, a nilavilakku, an idol of Vishnu, and other auspicious items. The mirror in the Vishukkani represents seeing oneself as a part
of the abundance in the form of Pani. On the day of Vishu, people wake up and walk to the Vishukkani with their eyes closed to see it as the first scene of the year.
Another unique tradition associated with Vishu is the giving of "Vishukkaineetam", where elders of the family give money to the younger members as a token of blessings and good fortune.