Cassia Fistula also known as the golden shower tree produces some of the most virbrant yellow flowers during spring.
The tree is of much importance in Kerala because, the 14th of April every year is celebrated as the New Year of the Malayalam calender, the day is known as Vishu.
The night before Vishu, in every Malayali's House, there's a huge tray traditionally known as an Uruli made of Brass into which paddy (from the granery in olden days) along with crops symbolising prosperity like Jackfruit, Mango and new pair of traditional clothing called (Kodi Munddu) is placed in front of an idol of Lord Krishna decked with gold ornaments and most importantly the golden shower flowers known as Kani Konna in Malayalam.
A deep lamp is lit and kept ready so that it goes on buring till early next day. The day of Vishu begins with people of the House waking up early to see Lord Krishna and these symbols of prosperity. First the elders and then the children are woken from their bed, blindfolded with their parents hands and taken straight to the Puja room where all this is kept ready so that his/her day and year begins with Lord Krishna's blessing!
Following which there's a sumptuous meal served on plantain leaves.
Here's a shot of the golden shower flower which blooms during the time of the year coinciding with Vishu.
Taken during the golden hour, no PP, resized and uploaded as it was taken.
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- Copyright: Blue Aquan (blueaquan) (245)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-03-25
- Categories: Festivals, Nature
- Camera: Fuji Film S9600
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-08 10:27