Kochi Festivals


There are quite a few festivals that are celebrated with much pomp and grandeur in the Kochi city of Kerala. Most of the festivals of Kochi are associated closely with the socio-cultural life of Kerala, that is, the Malayalum culture.

Three major Kochi festivals are the Onam , the Vishu and the Kochi carnival. All these festivals are very popular in the city of Kochi and the people of this busy industrial center of Kerala take a break from their work and rejoice on the occasions of these festivals.

Onam is one of the most popular festivals at Kochi in Kerala. The Onam is held to celebrate the season of harvest. The time of the Malayalam year when this festival is celebrated is the month of Chingam. The corresponding month in the English calendar is either September or October. The celebrations of Onam may be held for ten days at a stretch.

The Vishu is one of the most well known festivals in Kochi. This festival of Kochi is organized in the month of Medam in the Malayalam calendar. This month corresponds with either April or March according to the English calendar. Vishu is held to celebrate the advent of a new year.

Cochin Carnival is one of the important Kochi festivals. It is not linked with the traditional Malayalam culture. It has its lineage in the celebration of the New Year of the Portuguese, when they came to colonize India. The Kochi carnival is held in the last seven days of the year. The festival is mainly celebrated at the renowned Fort Kochi.

Last Updated on : 30/08/2013