FESTIVALS - Cochin Carnival - Festival of Kochi

Cochin Carnival is a merry making feast observed during the last week of December every year in Fort Kochi, Kerala, in India This feast is observed to welcome the New Year.

The carnival dates back to the Portuguese New Year revelry held here during the colonial days. Gradually, it evolved to take the form of what is today popularly called the Cochin Carnival of Kerala and attended by hundreds of people.

It has become an occasion for the youth to enjoy the party-like atmosphere. With unique games, competitions and illumination during these days, Fort Kochi puts on a festive look. Dressed up in fancy dresses, everyone, children in particular, is seen bursting with enthusiasm.
Also the he adventure sports like events like Sea-Swimming, Beach Volleyball, Beach Football and Beach Bike Race make the Cochin carnival more interesting and amusing. The festivities and revelries continue till midnight of December 31st and end with a grand fireworks.

The major attraction of the Carnival is the massive procession on the on the New Year day. The procession is led by a caparisoned elephant accompanied by drums and music, spectacular floats, different folk art forms, Panchavadyam(an orchestra of five instruments, timila, maddalam, ilathalam idakka and kombu) etc. The north Indian dances also figure in the Carnival.
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