The festival follows the solar cycle of the lunisolar as the first day of month called Medam. Vishu literally means equal, and in the festival context it connotes the completion of spring equinox. The festival is marked by family time, preparing malayalam books pdf free download sites auspicious items and viewing these as the first thing on the Vishu day.
A traditional Vishu arrangement that is viewed first on the new year day. The Malayalam word “kani” literally means “that which is seen first”, so “Vishukkani” means “that which is seen first on Vishu”. The traditional belief is that one’s future is a function of what one experiences, that the new year will be better if one views auspicious joyful things as the first thing on Vishu. Therefore, Malayali Hindu women spend the day before preparing a setting, usually a tray, of auspicious items. This setting is the first thing they see when they wake up on the Vishu day. The tradition has been that one of the members of the house, typically the mom or elderly person lights up the lamps at dawn, then goes to each member of her family one by one, blindfolds and wakes each one up, walks them to the front of the setting.