Today is the first day of chingam, the Malayalam New Year. Many women wear the Kerala saree on this day. What is a Kerala saree? Well, I know one when I see it. The lady on the left in the above picture is wearing one, and so is the lady below.
Some private buses were decked up. I believe there is a prize for the best-decorated bus.
The month of chingam is also notable for Onam, which falls next month. In fact, Kerala is headed straight for the festival season. Traders try and whip passions up, and the shoppers oblige.
Here are a couple of harbingers of Onam: