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Spring and New Year festival Vishu celebrated in South India, Puducherry LG Kiran Bedi greets people
Vishu New Year Hindu festival is celebrated by Tamils and Malayalis in the middle of April in the Gregorian calendar on or about 14 April every year. This year, the festival was celebrated on April 14 to mark the completion of spring equinox, dedicated to Lord Vishanu.

The festival of Vishu is marked by kolam drawing on the threshold of houses, family time, preparing colourful auspicious items and viewing these as the first thing on the Vishu day. Viewing four things are considered most auspicious such as golden blossoms of the Indian laburnum, money, silver items and rice.

Also firework display, wearing new clothes and cooking special meals called Sadhya are done on this day. Sadhya is a mix of salty, sweet, sour and bitter items. Further, the elders in the family give money to younger members of the family and contribute to community charity.

In south India, devotees flock temples like Sabarimala Ayyappan temple or Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple or Kulathupuzha Sree Baala Shastha temple to have a 'Vishukkani Kazhcha' in the early hours of the day.

Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, Assembly Speaker V Vaithilingam and chief minister V Narayanasamy of Puducherry greeted the people of the union territory on Vishu. Let the dawn of auspicious New Year open vistas of opportunities for growth in the lives of all," Bedi said in her message.

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