Yet another season of Vishu, the Hindu New Year, is here. Here's a gift from Onmanorama to you. Readers can use the greeting cards below to send Vishu greetings to their dear ones.
Vishu is celebrated across Kerala and Karnataka and the day marks sun's transit into Meda Rassi according astrology. It falls on the first day of the Malayalam month called Medam and represents the spring equinox. According to Gregorian calendar it's on April 15 this year.
In the early morning, believers witness 'vishukkani', the auspicious first view of the day. People believe this would usher in prosperity and happiness to the family for the whole year. It's a custom to exchange 'vishu kaineettam' (money offered or accepted as token gift) on this day.
People visit temples and offer prayers on this day. Poojas and rituals are held in major places of worship like Sabarimala, Guruvayur, Sree Padmanabha Sway and Ambalappuzha temples.