Kochi: Despite the scorching summer and the escalating prices of essential goods, the city residents are set to celebrate Vishu, the astronomical New Year, on Monday.
Due to increase in the prices of vegetables like the golden cucumber and banana, which are integral to the festivities, the demand has not yet picked up. The banana (raw) is selling at Rs. 55 in the retail market. The customers preferred to buy only a few quantity of goods. “There will not be any huge demand for essential goods and vegetables during Vishu due to price rise,” said K. Sadhik, a trader.
Meanwhile, many shops in the city have lined up an extensive variety of Vishu articles anticipating more customers,
Beautiful idols of Lord Krishna are seen orchestrated symmetrically ranging in different sizes, catching the attention of the people.
However, the scarcity of kanikonna the golden shower of flowers, an essential item on the ‘Vishu Kani’ platter, is a concern. The blooming of the kanikonnas has become increasingly erratic in the past few years leading people to seek alternatives like plastic kanikonna. Shops are dotted with the plastic kanikonna which has many takers. While the original bunch of flowers costs Rs 20 to Rs 25, the price of artificial kanikonna ranges from Rs 60 to 80.
“The regulations on firecrackers will also dampen the spirit of festivities. In spite of these, we are eagerly waiting for the festival,” said Mini Jayakumar, a housewife....