The Malayalam New Year, Vishu is celebrated with great mirth in Thiruvananthapuram. It heralds the passing of the past year and welcomes a newer, better and promising one. Held on the first day of Medam, the first month in the Malayalam calendar, Vishu is a spectacularly celebrated festival in Kerala.
Vishu is marked with customary offerings to the divine, known as Vishukanni. Consisting of revered articles like betel leaves, cucumber, rice, linen, matal mirror, uruli and the holy text, it is believed that the Vishukanni or Kani Kanal is the first thing that people should lay their eyes on every new year morning. Wearing new clothes and jewellery, people delightfully burst firecrackers and dig into traditional homemade feasts.