Blossoming butter coloured flowers usher in Vishu, the Keralite New Year beginning with the zodiac sign of Ashwini. The Golden Shower, cassius fistula to the pedantic and kanni konna to everyone else, is the state flower, carrying with it the dreams of thirty million citizens. This waterfall of colour is to many the epitome of new beginnings, good luck and a very Indian auspiciousness. In most households the tree is placed the night before at the fore of bedrooms, so when eyes open these rather ostentatious yet charming blooms are the first sight of the New Year.
For anyone who needs or welcomes a New Year, Happy Vishu.