Showering gold to usher in the New Year

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In the South Indian State of Kerala, the Golden Shower tree, or Cassia Fistula, bursts forth with golden yellow flowers in the summer month of April. Its flowers bloom in accompaniment to the New Year as per the local calendar, which is celebrated on the first day of the Malayalam month of Medam.

The flowers, known locally as kanikonna, are a major component of Vishukkani; a set of auspicious objects arranged at homes and temples on the previous night of the festival day. Besides kanikonna the offerings usually include fruits, gold jewelry, coconut, coins and mirror. And they form the very first sight for people, as they are considered symbols of wealth and prosperity for the ensuing year.

Kanikonna, also known as the Indian Laburnum, flowers profusely during the summer months. It is the state flower of Kerala.

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