15 April 2016 Current Affairs: People in Kerala are celebrating the harvest festival, Vishu on April 14. Devotees across the state are visiting temples, performing special pujas and exchanging gifts to mark the occasion. Prime Minister has greeted the people on the occasion. Vishukkani, the ceremonial sighting of auspicious articles including rice, fruits, gold and flowers tastefully arranged in brass vessels, symbolising hope and promise were arranged in almost all the houses and Temples.Heavy rush was witnessed in major temples, including Guruvayur and Sabarimala, where devotees thronged in thousands for Vishu darashan. At the Sabarimala hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa, a large number of devotees from neighbouring states also thronged in for the Vishu darshan. Elaborate security arrangements had been made in all the temples. Keeping the long tradition, elders gifted coins to children as part of the custom known as ‘Vishukaineettam.Bursting of crackers, a traditional celebrations as part of vishu marked the occasion, with severe restrictions from the part of the authorities. The High Court of Kerala had recently ordered restrictions in the use of fireworks and crackers in view of the fireworks tragedy in Puttingal Temple at Paravoor, Kollam which claimed 113 lives last Sunday.The highlight of the celebration is a sumptuous lunch comprising various dishes and delicacies, mostly made of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The day also marked the beginning of the ‘Vishu Vilakku’ festival in several temples in the northern Kerala.
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