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Cochin Carnival

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The city of Cochin is brightly decorated and people are in a cheerful mood during the time of Cochin carnival. People enthusiastically take part in this festival, which is organized every year in the last week of December in Fort Kochi of Kerala. The Cochin Carnival is the best way to bring an end to the year.

The Cochin Carnival is an ancient festival and it dates back to the era of the Portuguese when they were in India. Cochin was the headquarters of the Portuguese, and it is believed that they were the ones who started with this carnival as a celebration for the arrival of the New Year. With time, the complete city started to celebrate and enjoy this carnival. The aim of the Cochin Carnival is to promote and maintain five principles, which are peace, progress, environment, participation and adventure. During this festival, the Kochi Fort is beautifully decorated.

Traditions


During the Cochin Carnival, Fort Kochi and the entire city is beautifully decorated and people not only from India but also from abroad come to take part in the celebrations. People start preparing for this festival from the start of the month.

The main attractions of this carnival are the exciting games, fairs and parties. Major highlight of the carnival is the huge procession led by grandly decorated elephants, which one can see on the New Year's Day. One can also see various dance performances of South and North India during this festival. During this 10-day festival, the color white dominates the city, symbolizing peace and tranquility.

Tourist Essential


People not only from India but from all parts of the world try to reach Cochin during the carnival. Tourists have a lot to experience during this carnival as celebrations go on till midnight of the last day of December and end with dazzling fireworks.

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