Vishu festival is celebrated on the first day in the first Malayalam month of Medam (March - April) and is the most important festival of Kerala. Kerala Vishu festival is all about welcoming the spring season as a New Year begins afresh. It is usually celebrated on April 14th every year, though may differ according to the traditional calendar. Vishu festival celebration in Kerala is worth watching as each house glows and gleams on this occasion.
On this day, it is believed that the first thing one sees in the
morning will decide the kind of year ahead. This is the main belief
behind preparing "Vishukani". An assortment of items like raw
rice, gold, silver, coins, holy text, some particular vegetables and
fruits, etc. are arranged on a tray. Usually the youngest member of a
family is ushered with his/her eyes closed to room where all this is
arranged in front of images of Gods. He/she is then asked to look at
these items. This is done early in the morning, usually at the crack of
dawn. The elders of the family prepare this tray.
It is said that seeing goods like the ones above will assure prosperity
in the coming year. Everyone wears new clothes on this day and visits
temples to thank Lord for the year that went by and look forward to
another great year. All houses are decked up with flower garlands and
lamps are lit to bring in good luck and positive energy. The kids are
given small amounts of money to make sure that they prosper ahead in
life. The most awaited part is the feast that is prepared in each
household. All traditional food items are prepared and the delicacies
are absolutely lip-smacking. In case you visit Kerala during this time,
make sure you visit temples to see spectacular decorations.