Thanks for attending the Vishu Cultural Event at Sanatan Dharma Kendra in Sunnyvale on April 15, 2012.
Thanks for registering and participating in the Ayyappa Samaaj Vishu Cultural Event at Sanatan Dharma Kendra on April 15, 2012. We had over 350 attendees at the event, including the participants, teachers, parents, and devotees who came for the religious part of the program. All the kids who participated in the event were thrilled to see such an appreciative crowd. Every performer needs a stage and we are glad that Ayyappa Samaaj could provide a stage for the extremely talented group of kids we have in the Bay Area.
I would like to personally thank the teachers and parents for helping preserve the rich heritage and traditions of India by getting the kids interested in music, dance and the arts. The management and priests at the Sanatan Dharma Kendra were excellent hosts and we are very thankful to them for their support. Thanks to Tirupathi Bhimas for supplying the food for the event. Thanks also to New India Bazaar for providing all the fruits and vegetables for the Vishu Kani. Last but not the least, I would like to thank the organizing team from Ayyappa Samaaj – Sundar Malikayil, Rajendran Nair, Chitra Padmanabhan, and Renu Empranthiri and the rest of the Ayyappa Samaaj Board and volunteer team.
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Swamiye Saranam AyyappaSignificance of Vishu
In Kerala, the start of the Zodiac New Year*—when the sun enters into Sidereal Aries, Ashwini nakshatra—is celebrated as Vishu. It is said that what one sees when one first opens one's eyes on Vishu morning is an indication of what one can expect in the year to come. Thus on Vishu, effort is made to assure one opens one's eyes before an auspicious image—the Vishukkani.
While the festival is called "Vishu" only in Kerala, across India festivals sharing the same spirit—such as Ugadhi in Andhra Pradesh and in Karnataka, Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Bihu in Assam and Baisakhi in Punjab—are celebrated around the same time of year.