Skip the ordinary New Year’s Eve! Immerse yourself in the magic of the Cochin Carnival – a dazzling spectacle of sights, sounds, and unforgettable experiences that paint Fort Kochi in a whole new light.
With boundless enthusiasm, thousands gather at Fort Kochi on New Year’s Eve to usher in the upcoming year by setting ablaze a colossal effigy of an elderly figure named Pappanji. The towering 35-foot Pappanji, akin to a skyscraper amid the crowd, symbolizes the embrace of hope and harmony. The highlight of Fort Kochi’s grand celebration is the Cochin Carnival, meticulously orchestrated by the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Ernakulam, and unfolds over the final two weeks of December. The festivities commence with the Ceremony of Peace at the War Memorial, followed by the raising of the Carnival Flag at Vasco da Gama Square.
Transformed into a stunning Christian bride adorned with white paper decorations, this port city welcomes the New Year in style. The celebration features an array of captivating events, including fairs, cultural showcases, food festivals, bike and cycle races, rallies, beach football, arts, games, and more, amplifying the festive ambiance. Amidst these visually appealing programs, the burning of Pappanji adds a touch of magnificence and enchantment. The effigy of the elderly man is set ablaze at the stroke of midnight on December 31st, followed by a lively celebration with music and dance that continues until dawn.