Thiruvananthapuram: On Thursday morning Hindu’s in Kerala visited temples to usher in the traditional New Year-Vishu.
The festival celebrated to mark the arrival of good luck and fortune for the coming year. The day is a public holiday in the state.
Temples like Sabarimala temple, Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple and the Padmanabhaswamy temple witnessed a massive crowd. Women were dressed in the traditional ‘kasavu’ saree and men in dhoti.
One of the main aspects of this festival is performing the ‘vishukani darshan’, a ritual where people view their favourite deity the first thing in the morning.
Another important aspects of this festival is giving away of “vishukaineetam” (gift) and it is mostly coins that are given. As per custom the head of the family gives coins to the other members.
Consuming a 26 course ‘vishu’ lunch served on a plantain leaf is an important aspect of this festival and one significant difference is while in the central and southern districts the lunch is purely a vegetarian one, in northern districts, it is non-vegetarian.