Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Vishu..

Vishu is the first day in the first Malayalam month of Medam (March - April) and Varshapirappu is Tamil New Year. In 2009, the date of Tamil New Year is April 14.Virodhi (name of new year)Varsha Pirappu, the New Year in Tamil Nadu& in Kerala, is observed on the first day of Tamil month Chithirai. Chitirai is the first month in the Tamil Calendar. Varsha Pirappu or Puthandu, is observed on the first day of Tamil month Chithirai, the first month as per traditional Tamil Calendar. Chitirai 1 is an auspicious day for Tamil speaking people in India (Tamil Nadu) and across the world, especially in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa. In 2009, the date of Varsha Pirappu or Tamil New Year is April 14. Hindus that the fortunes of the coming year depends on what one sees first on the Vishu day. Therefore people open their eyes on Vishu day before the Vishukani.

Vishu -- Rituals

Varsha Pirappu begins with viewing of ‘Kanni’ – auspicious things. Legend has it that viewing auspicious items on this day will bring good fortune throughout the year. Opening the eyes before ‘Vishu Kani’ is known as Kani Kanal – kani means ‘that which is seen first.’ A similar ritual is also observed in Tamil Nadu during Tamil New Year

Vishukani is arranged on the previous night in the puja room or in an ideal space. The viewing of the Vishukani takes place during the Brahma Muhurta or ideally between 0400 hrs and 0600 hrs. Precisely at bramhamuhurtham - the auspicious hour just before sunrise, members of the family are brought to this assemblage blindfolded. There is a belief that to catch a glimpse of the reflection of these signs of prosperity in the mirror at the crack of dawn, would bring prosperity to the individual. The Auspicious objects include gold and silver jewelry, mirror( Aranmula Kannadi or mirror with a tail), new calendar, cucumber, mango, jackfruit, areca nuts, betel leaves, bananas, raw rice, coconuts, fruits, vegetables, Kanikonna (yellow flower known as Indian Laburnum) and other newly harvested items. One of the fascinating sights during this season is the flowering of the tree Cassia fistula. The yellow laburnum flowers, incidentally the state flower of Kerala, blooms when the Sun is at its fiercest and provides a soothing sight to the eyes.

The Vishukani is exhibited in an ‘urali’ –made from Panchaloham (five metals).or in silver plate or any tray. It is placed in front of an idol or portrait of Lord Krishna or Devi Bhagavathi.. Women draw beautiful Kolams or Rangoli on the day with elaborate geometric designs. The doorways are decorated with festoons, especially made of mango leaves. The traditional lamp – kuthu vilakku – is lit for prayers and is accompanied by a Poorna Kumbha.

Vishukodi and Vishukaineettam:

People buy new clothes (vishukodi) for the occasion and the elders of the family distribute tokens of money to the children, servants and tenants. These tokens are called the vishukaineetam and are usually in the form of coins. People carry on this custom believing that in this way, their children will be blessed with prosperity in future.

Women start cooking a variety of delicacies for the day`s lunch. The feast or the sadya is prepared by the women of the household and the whole family sits down to enjoy the vishu lunch together. The dishes prepared from the vegetables and fruits that are abundant in the season like jackfruits, mangoes, pumkins, a variety of gourds, and coconuts. A special food prepared on the New Year day is the Neem flower pachchadi and Mango pachchadi. It is a dish made of raw mangoes and jaggery or Neem flower or leaves and jaggery. The dish has a sweet and bitter taste and symbolically suggests on the New Year that life is a mixture of sweet and bitter experiences.


One of the most important events on the day for many is the listening to the Tamil Panchangam, which contains the predictions of the coming year. Vishubhalam,’ or the predictions for the next year, is read on the day by astrologers. Now this tradition has been taken over by newspapers, fortnightlies and other magazines. All most all major publications come out with the predictions of the next year for each zodiac sign and nakshatras.

The rest of the day is spent visiting various relatives, friends and exchanging New Year greetings. Presents given are money, fruits, betel leaves and areca nuts. Gifts are also given to domestic workers and others. Tamilians also refer the New Year as Puthandu. Vazthukal meaning ‘Happy New Year.As the dawn breaks on a New Year, be filled with prosperity and peace, andlove and joy And may every blessings be showered upon all of us.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Reason To Smile....

Nothing is permanent in life. Life has its own shadows black in the night,Brightness in the day...It is a continual challenge.. Just take life as it comes and enjoy every bit of it… Each moment in life is a phase. Face them with a smile ,good or bad.Life is beautiful if you look at it with a smile. . A great smile can make a face, leave another reeling under your impression. A tremendous amount of goodwill is gained through this seemingly simple gesture. Most important benefit of a smiling face is ease of relationship in family.

Happiness shows best when you put that smile on your face! A smile can make anyone happy.A smile, it is said, is a curve which can put things straight. Costing nothing and conveying so much, it is one of the best things in this world which are for free. A smile is a sign of love,Its is a sign of care, A smile is a sign of joy and it is a sign of hope. A smile tells how much to others,You are important .

Frown and you frown alone," it is sometimes said, "but smile and the whole world smiles with you." The whole world? That may be a stretch, but a smile can be incredibly powerful. Wearing a warm smile can draw people to you, put others at ease, and even cheer you up.” Living in the favorable and unfavorable situation is called Part of living. But, smiling in all those situations is called Art of living.”

A smile…is sweet

A smile… can improve one face value

A smile …does not cast anything

A smile… can change a person’s mood

A smile … can also make someone’s day pleasant

A sweet smile can act like a pill.

A smile acts like a magic...

Smile is priceless- no matter where,

Smile can easily vanish you fear

Smile because of hope left in life

Smile is a gift by God, given to you! ! !

Always take a moment to smile.It makes people wonder what you are up to . Life can give you a hundred reasons to cry but you can give life a thousand reasons to smile.

The meaning of my smile

I smile

When I am fascinated I smile,When I am scared I smile,When I am admired I smile

When I’m hiding something I smile, When I want to say odd things smile

When I’m a little bit shy I smile,When I’m about to get angry I smile

My Lips curve into a smile …for so many reasons.. few are here…

Love of Family, Love of Friends..

My kids laughing (nothing beats a hearty laugh)

Spending time doing crazy things with my friends..

Staying up all night with my best friends.

When an old friend suddenly turns up home,

Innocence of children..

Childhood memories.

When someone truly understands.

Small thrills of life...

A hot cup of coffee in the early morning...

Taking bubble baths...

Singing as if no one could hear you...

Anybody’s Laughing!!

When I listen Music, my lips curves..

Exploring to new places...

A sincere compliment from loved ones..

The different colors in the rainbow of life...

Seeing the beautiful fall colors on the trees...

Swinging in the park as high as I can...

Sunny days with nice cool breeze..( I enjoy that moment)

Watching the sunset and the moon rise...

Enjoying the beautiful mountains while clouds passing the peak...

Eating my favorite butterscotch ice cream on a hot summer day...

Catching a snowflake on my tongue...

Dancing in the rain.

Conquering your biggest fear.

Watching the wave’s crash into the sand.

Spending a day in shopping.

Looking forward to a future together


Feeling warm on a cold winter night...

Smile on a loved one's face.

Satisfaction of having learned something new.

Surprise gifts!

Seeing others happy.

Everyone to make them smile as well. We seem to have forgotten that smile costs nothing. We are such a miser when it comes to spending smile.

Smiling just like that... It need to be a reason every time??

Keep smiling and keep your family happy.:)