Friday, 13 April 2012

Happy Vishu

Medium : Coloured pencil & pen, Time : about 15 mins

Wishing all my friends and readers a very happy and prosperous Vishu. Vishu is a Hindu festival celebrated in the Indian state of Kerala and in the Mangalore and Udupi districts of Karnataka. It is the New Year festival of Malayalis.

Medium : Coloured pencil & Photoshop
The most important event in Vishu is the Vishukkani, which literally means " the first thing seen on the day of Vishu after waking up". The Vishukkani consists of a ritual arrangement of auspicious articles like raw rice, fresh lemon, golden cucumber, betel leaves, arecanut, metal mirror, yellow flowers konna (Cassia fistula), and a holy text and coins, in a bell metal vessel called uruli in the puja room of the house. A lighted bell metal lamp called nilavilakku is also placed alongside. This is arranged the night before. On Vishu, the custom is to wake up at dawn and go to the puja room with eyes closed so that the Vishukkani is the first sight of the new season.

"Vishu" is celebrated with much fanfare and vigour in all parts of Kerala. Setting off firecrackers is part of the celebration, especially for children. People wear new clothes (Puthukodi) for the occasion and elders of the family gift money, called Vishukkaineetam, to children, servants and tenants.

Wishing all my dear friends a New year, bursting with joy, roaring with laughter and full of fun.....



Wish you a happy and prosperous Vishu..... Santhoshathinteyum samrudhiyudeyum oraayiram Vishu aashamsakal.

I went through your blog- you are really talented. There are different forms of creativity but drawing is probably something that the only the most talented do..

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