Different Vishu For Different People
Vishu is less of a religious ceremony but more a festival | By Yentha
On Apr 15, 2014

Trivandrum: Though there are a few norms which many follow during Vishu, people usually do not perform it as a binding religious ceremony but more as an occasion for celebrations. Here Yentha delves into how a few in the city celebrate Vishu with all its hues and festivities.

Dr. K Madhukumar, Controller of Examination, University of Kerala, plans to visit his home town during this Vishu. He says, “There is a ten day temple festival at my place. I am going for it.” B Sandhya, Additional Director General of Police and Madhukumar’s wife, will join him during this ten day festivity.

"During this Vishu holidays I have my relatives here with me," says Ajit Joy, Aam Aadmi Party’s Lok Sabha candidate from Trivandrum. But for him Vishu is not a holiday. He continues, “Tomorrow I have to visit Attinpara ward for a by-election campaigning.”

Children at Sri Chitra Home make their own kannikunnu. They decide what is necessary and do the required shopping. They are housed in three wards and each has their own kannikunnu. Aleyaamma Varghese, superintendent of Sri Chitra Home, says, “We do not have to do anything. We just have to co-operate with them. They will have a lunch tomorrow -a Vishu special.”

Jessy Melville, a housewife, says, “It is actually not in our culture to celebrate Vishu but I cannot resist myself. At times, I arrange kannikunnu at my friend’s place. Also, my husband gives 'kainettum' on this day. Unfortunately, this time he is out of town for a meeting. So my children will go to their grandmother’s house and hopefully they will get their 'kainettum'!”

Leena L, a BA history student, says, “My elder sister arranges kannikunnu in front of Lord Krishna’s photo. She wakes us up in the morning and she guides us to it and we give her one rupee. This was being followed without a break for the past several years.”

“My mother arranges kannikunnu during the night. She wakes me up in the morning which is not an easy task. But I am also careful that I do not open my eyes. It is fun except the waking up part,” says Arun S Kumar, an IT employee. However, for Kannan this is no special day. “There is office for me tomorrow. Thus no Vishu special for me,” says Kannan S, a government employee.

People have their own way and style and for most it is going to be a great beginning to the new year.

Yentha wishes all its readers a Happy Vishu. Have fun folks!



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