Kerala, also referred to as “Gods Own Country” is one of the most beautiful, picturesque and scenic states in India that is situated in the southernmost part of the country. It is flanked by Arabian Sea on its West, and to its East, lies the state of Tamil Nadu. Kerala is one of the most greenest regions in India, with Rice or Paddy being the main harvest crop. This state is also famous for its spice and rubber plantations that is grown in a vast region, throughout the state, and which is also the main revenue earner. Every year, around the mid of April, the original inhabitants of Kerala, the ‘Malayalis’ celebrate their New Year festival called “Vishu” with immense festive fervor, enthusiasm and religious grandeur. Houses are cleaned, freshly painted, decorated with fragrant flowers and also with Rangoli (traditional Indian artwork on the floor). It is the girls and elderly women at house that beautifully deck up for the occasion in their traditional attires, which is basically the Kasavu saree and authentic gold jewellery, along with flower decorations on their hair. The entire Malayali family gets together during this day of the year, preparing local delicacies that mainly consists of rice, and other items related to rice and coconut. Since these two items are abundant in Kerala, you find every meal, having either rice or coconut. Rice, fruits, sweets and vegetables are offered to the Lord during this festival. People burst firecrackers in the evening as a mark of celebration.
Traditional Fashion in Kerala
Every women in Kerala, wear traditional sarees during ‘Vishu’ which is one of the most important festivals in their calendar. Since sari is a typical Indian attire, every region has its speciality, and the Kasavu silk saree of Kerala is the most beautiful of all the traditional Indian attires, that looks really sophisticated, elegant and gorgeous in appeal. This particular Indian sari is mainly in white, cream and off-white body color, with golden borders created by embroidered zari threads. This creates a contrasting appeal and that differentiates this outfit from all other traditional Indian clothing. Women of all age can be seen wearing this beautiful attire during traditional festivals like Vishu and Onam which are the two most important festive occasions. Early morning visit to the temples after taking a shower is a must during special occasions, and thereafter starts the festive preparations at home, wearing new clothes. Since Vishu and Onam are harvest festivals, it is extensively celebrated in rural Kerala, in almost all homes. You got to be in Kerala during this time of the year to get a feel of the festive spirit and view the natural colors of nature.