'Vishu' - a Malayalee festival wishing a better tomorrow.The Malayalam year starts with Medam (mesham) theoretically. In practice the year is beginning on the first of Chingam. However, the first of Medam is celebrated as 'Vishu'. It need not coincide exactly on the first day of Medam. This year it is on second of Medam( tomorrow). Actually Vishu has its importance due to the Sun's position. It is on this day that Sun comes exactly above the equator such that the duration of day and night will be equal.
Malayalee people give special importance to this day connecting with wealth and production. On that day people get up early and see "Kani". It is seeing an arrangement done for the day. In a corner of a room or the regular space of worship will be specially arranged to become the first sight of the day. And the result of this rich sight on the first day will lead to a prosperous year, the belief goes like that.
The items arranged for view will include yellow/ golden flowers (Konna flower), gold and coins, fruits and vegetables, dhothi and an oil lamp lit. A new dhothi and other symbolic rich items. Generally all these will be kept in a round bronze pot (uruli) near the lit oil lamp. Photos of different God's also will arranged near this. All the members of the family used to get up early morning and each will be led to this 'Kani' blind folded. Everybody opens their eyes only to see this symbolic arrangements as the first view of the day and the days following. Generally the housewife gets up first and lot the light there before others are brought there.
The belief is that this symbolic sight will lead to a rich and prosperous year ahead. After the sight seeing the eldest member of the family will distribute money (a coin) to every member of the family.This again is a symbolic expression of getting money/ income throughout the year.
In addition to this the agriculture activities also are begun on the same day, being an auspicious day.