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Festivals in Kochi, India

Kochi has assimilated so many cultures that it now happily celebrates the religious and cultural festivals of Muslims, Jews and the different streams of Hinduism and Christianity. Not to mention several Kerala-specific festivals like Onam and the Kochi Carnival – both of which are 10-day extravaganzas where locals and tourists alike will have one heck of a good time with feasts, fireworks and games. All said and done, Kochiites are ready and eager to skip school and work to celebrate the festivals that keep popping up every other week.

The Onam Festival (Aug-Sept) has its mythological roots in Kochi, and it is Kerala’s biggest festival. It shuts down the State machinery for the better part of a week, and it’s not just a Hindu religious festival. Everybody in Kerala celebrates it, and that makes it huge. The incredible Sadya (Onam feast) includes some 24 to 28 dishes served as part of a single meal in one course – on a large banana leaf. It’s also the biggest shopping bonanza of the year – huge crowds throng to the shops and markets at MG Road and the rest of Kochi. Throw in parades, snake boat races and other games and events, and it’s fair to say that Kochi during Onam is very different from the way it is during the rest of the year.

This same holiday vibe picks up again for Diwali in October and then Christmas and the Kochi Carnival during the last ten days of the year. Again, these are holiday shopping bonanza periods, so crowds of shoppers will steamroll over you on the streets if you give them half a chance. It’s an awesome sight and you’ll enjoy the city a whole lot more if you drop in during one of these holiday periods.

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Top 10 Festivals Kochi, India

  • Onam – This is Kerala’s main festival, and very big in Kochi. The feast is something not to be missed, and the entertainment includes snake boat races, huge parades and floats on the streets.
  • Christmas – Fort Kochi is brilliantly lit up, and the historic Churches are a wonderful sight for visitors during this time
  • Kochi Carnival – A holiday extravaganza that begins Dec 20 and extends to the first day of the New Year. You have parades, fireworks, competitions, concerts and night parties on the beach.
  • Vishu – This is the start of Kerala’s New Year, according to the Malayalam Calendar. It’s nothing big on the streets, other than the fact that it’s an excuse for everyone to take a holiday in April and enjoy the Vishu feast at home.
  • Ashtami Rohini - Kerala’s name for the Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna. It’s a big day for the thousands of Sri Krishna temples all over Kochi and the rest of the state.
  • Navaratri – Major nine-day Hindu festival celebrated all over the country in October. Kerala has two public holidays for this festival. It’s mostly a religious thing for Hindus, so you won’t see much in the streets except a holiday vibe
  • Diwali – The Hindu festival of lights, celebrated enthusiastically in November all over the country. Visitors should also be aware that firecrackers are a key element of this festival.
  • Vinayaka Chaturthi – Hindu festival for the elephant-headed Lord Ganesha. This is a fun festival, with 2-3 day community displays of the Lord’s clay image, which is then taken out in processions of trucks to the waterfront and floated out into the water.
  • Malayatoor Perunal – Christian festival celebrated in March-April on the Sunday after Easter. Very big deal at the Malayatoor St Thomas Church near Kochi.
  • Ashtami Rohini - Kerala’s name for the Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna. It’s a big day for the thousands of Sri Krishna temples all over Kochi and the rest of the state

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Top 3 Festivals in Kochi, India

  • Onam – Kerala’s own festival, celebrated all over the state but very big in Kochi. Think holiday shopping for a week in Aug-Sept, with a 24-28 dish feast spread that’ll make your Thanksgiving turkey dinner seem lame in comparison. The entertainment includes snake boat races, huge parades and floats on the streets, and temples going stir-crazy with their rituals as thousands of devotees line up.
  • Christmas – Kochi’s sizable Christian population makes itself felt and seen with stars and bright lights in the shops and streets and homes during Christmas. Fort Kochi is brilliantly lit up, and the historic Churches are a wonderful sight for visitors during this time.
  • Kochi Carnival – A holiday extravaganza that begins Dec 20 and extends all the way to the first day of the New Year. You have parades, fireworks, competitions, concerts and night parties on the beach. The biggest event is the New Year’s Eve Party. Combined with Christmas and the New Year, it makes the last ten days of the year in Kochi a whole lot more fun than the rest of the year.