Monday, April 13, 2009

Souramaana Yugaadi, Bisu Parba, Vishu and Tamil New Year

It is Souramaana Yugaadi tomorrow. This day is being celebrated as the beginning of new year in parts of Tulu Nadu (Dakshina Kannada/Mangalore, Udupi and Kasaragod) and also in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In Tulu Nadu, it is called Bisu Parba and in Kerala, Vishu. Since Souramana Yugaadi, as the name suggests is observed according to Solar calender, this festival is being celebrated on April 14 every year.

In Tulu Nadu, this festival is an occasion for the farmers to show their gratitude towards Mother Nature. Harvest from their fields is kept in a room and worshipped. Gathering of harvest thus worshipped is called 'Bisu Kani'. This way of worshipping the nature is also observed in temples of Tulu Nadu. This day also marks the beginning of the next season for crops in this region. 'Moode' is the delicacy of Tuluvas for this occasion. Charitable deeds too are part of the tradition.
Bisu Kani on Bisu Parba
Bisu Kani on Bisu Parba
For a more detailed information, you may also read my earlier articles on Souramaana Yugaadi in Kannada and Tulu below.

Kannada Article - ತುಳುನಾಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ೦ದು 'ಬಿಸು' ಹಬ್ಬ(ಸೌರಮಾನ ಯುಗಾದಿ)
Tulu Article - ತುಳುವೆರೆ ಬಿಸು ಪರ್ಬ

Yugaadi Wishes to all.



  1. Thanks for writing in English. Although I am from South Kanara, I was brought up in Maharashtra and I cannot read Kannada, yeah sorry. But still I want to connect to these topics, and this is great!!

  2. Thanks Rupa for your compliments. This gives me push to translate my upcoming articles from Kannada to English.

  3. Hi Raveesh,

    if Tulu people and Kerala people celebrate Bisu and do Bisu kani, does it mean that all are same genetecally or culturally which got separated over a period of time?

  4. Hi Arun,

    I don't think so. It just goes to show that people of both cultures follow Solar calender for festivals. There may be similarities in rituals owing to their geographical closeness.

  5. Replies
    1. Hi Subhash,

      You can wish Vishu in Tulu as "Bisu parbada shubhaashayalu"

    2. Bishu parbada eddepu would be in tulu

  6. Nice write up catering all kinds of audience



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