Celebrated on the first day of the Malayalam month of Medam (which in 2013 falls on April 14th) Vishu is one of Kerala’s most important festivals. The parallel festival to the Onam harvest celebration, Vishu is the festival of sowing. All Hindu households begin the day with offerings called vishu kani. This consists of a ritual arrangement of auspicious articles like raw rice, fresh linen, golden cucumber, betel leaves, banana, jack fruit , yellow flowers (indian Laburnum) and a metal mirror.
All these items are placed along with a lighted lamp in front of Lord Krishna. On the day of Vishu, the custom is to wake up at dawn and enter the home’s pooja room with eyes closed so that the vishu kani is the first thing one sees.