..to fall sick on a holiday? Bad?Badder?Baddest? (I know those words dont exist) So while I nurse the cold.cough.fever.upset stomach alone and go through Vishu diwasam(one of the grand total of 2 festivals us Mallus celebrate) alone and without a head bath(yes, the gross details are necessary) I suggest you go through Solilo’s fantastic description of the festival here.
Vishukani is an auspicious sight which is decorated the previous night. This include Raw rice, gold ornaments, traditional dress of Kerala, holy text of Ramayan or Bhagvat Geeta, flowers of the Konna tree (Cassia fistula), Coconut, Mango and other Yellow and Green vegetables and fruits. All these things are kept in a brass pot (uruli) in front of Lord Krishna and a lighted bell metal lamp (nilavilakku) is also placed alongside. It is also considered auspicious to read verses from Ramayan after seeing the kani. Some believe that the page of Ramayan which you open up will have a bearing on your life in the coming year.
On the day of Vishu, the eldest member of the family or lady of the house sees this sight and then brings all the youngsters of the family blindfolded to show the kani. It is believed that seeing this kani (sight) on Vishu brings good luck and prosperity. After this the older members of the family give money (Vishu kaineettam) and new dress to youngsters.
As a child my mother and dad would decorate the Vishukani and create enough ruckus in our tiny apartment to wake me up. Then it would be a struggle for me to keep my pre teen eyes shut (Since the first sight you can see is that of the kani). Finally dad would lead me to the Vishukani and I would sit in front of it for hours, till it would be time to wrap things up. I remember feeling such a peace just sitting there in front of those idols talking to them like I would talk to a friend. Of course the kaineetam just added to the pleasure. This would be followed by sadya-a nice heavy feast made by Mom for lunch and paal payasam and prathaman for dessert.
Sigh! 7 years of not seeing a vishu kani!
(As a quickfix Vishukani you can wake up and look into the mirror as first thing in the morning like I did today.)
Vishuaashamsakal to all!