Vishu is one of the important
festivals of Kerala. It marks the beginning of the New Year for Malayalees.
It comes in the month of April. "Vishu Kani" is the main event
of the day. The kani (first thing you see in the morning) for Vishu is
a collection of auspicious articles: kani vellarikka (yellow cucumber),
a brass lamp, coconut, fruits, grains, gold coins and ornaments, a yellow
flower called 'konna' and a mirror. The elders in the family give money
to the youngsters and bless them. It is called Kaineettam. 'Vishukanji'
is the speciality of the day served along with other delicious dishes.