Malayalis begin their celebration of Vishu (new year) by first looking at all things golden as soon as they wake up. This includes Gold itself, the traditional kasavu mundu (the keralite outfit) with gold zari, golden ripe mango, golden ripe papaya, shining brass handled mirror (preferably Aranmula mirror), and of course the Kanikonna flower
Now, what’s this Kanikonna flower? It’s this!!!
English Name: Indian Laburnum or Golden Shower Tree
Scientific Name: Cassia fistula
Malayalam Name: Kanikonna(konna poo)
Tamil Name: Sara Kondrai flower
Hindi Name: Bandhar Lathi or Dhanbahar flower.