is what each Malayalee waits for, each year : D It is money one receives from each elder in the family – starting from the grand-parents, to elder siblings/cousins if they are earning members and family friends (Uncles and Auntys)- with of course, one’s parents, and the extended family thrown in for good measure.
When we were kids, receiving even a Rs. 5/- was a big thing! It slowly increased in denomination, coins, sometimes, or crisp new notes. Most of us collected every bit we could, and made visits to relatives’ places gleefully (when at other times we’d have hesitated 😀 ) anticipating the expected 😛
Not surprisingly, my kids are no different, were not as much younger kids as well! In Thrissur, where we used to be, in case we weren’t visiting their maternal grandparents (errr mine 😛 parents 😛 ) , it would be a time when they, my two and their beloved cousins, the ‘fantastic foursome’ as I call them (LINK) would gather as much moolah as possible and then proceed to spend it at the Exhibition, that would be going on, in connection with the Thrissur Pooram 😀
Having graduated to being grandparent now, I totally get the excitement – and while the denominations are now growing, in the Kaineettams (literally meaning to extend one’s hand), there is this pleasure in giving as well – even though mine, at Two, is rather indifferent to it, except that it would be something more to play with!
This year the blog too has received its Vishukkaineetam, a few hours in advance, for as I look at the stats, I’m told that on 13 April, 2016, the blog has received the highest number of hits /day. 947! The previous high was 829, in 2011. Well. 🙂 As mentioned earlier, the Thrissur Pooram is also in the month of Medam, Medam 1 st being Vishu 🙂 and the blogs here on Vishu and Thrissur Pooram remain the highest grossers in terms of views 🙂 If that isn’t Kainneettam, I ask you, then what is, for this blog? 😛 🙂 ❤
Also another thing about Vishu I’d like to add, having recently known of this , is why the Kani Konna or the Cassia Fistula, or the Golden Chandelier, or Golden Laburnum is used in the Kani (your first sight in the morning 🙂 – apparently the Konna was blessed with being adorned by Lord Krishna’s girdle, which he flung upon the tree, as he played with his friends as a boy. The flattened bells on that girdle, are the image upon which the florets of the Kani Konna are shaped 🙂 Divine, is it not? And gorgeous golden yellow with it! Legend it may be, but a lovely one I must say 🙂
So, as you peruse these Vishu posts, if and when you get time, and the Thrissur Pooram one – let me wish you and your loved ones the best the year has to offer 🙂 Good health, luck, success, love and laughter 🙂
Our Kani is ready. The post will be edited by afternoon hopefully with pictures of it 🙂
14 April, 2016
Links to explore further if/when you have the time 🙂
Vishu (THE post – 2010) – LINK
In 2011 (LINK)
The Thrissur Pooram (LINK)