Every year in the last week of December in Fort Kochi in Kerala the Cochin carnival takes place. It is a festival of merry making which is attended by hundreds of people. The carnival started during the days of the colonial rule when the Portuguese New Year revelry was held.
- At present the Cochin carnival has got more of a part atmosphere which is enjoyed by the youth.
- The main attraction of the carnival is the procession of the New Year day. This procession is led by decorated caparisoned elephant and accompanied by drums and music. Besides the spectacular floats, types of folk art forms, Panchavadyam and other dance forms take place.
- Different types of unique games and competitions also take place during the days of the carnival.
- Preparation for the carnival begins from one month before the actual date. The whole of Kochi waits for the festival throughout the year. The fort Kochi is decked up beautifully like bride.
- Tourists from inside and outside India flock together to view and be a part of the Cochin Carnival.
- All organizations in the city put on white paper fabrics. The available space on the streets host extempore competitions and multi-faceted celebrations. Kalam Vara which is floor drawing, tug-of-war, bicycle race, swimming in the sea, beach volleyball are some of the programs that take place during the festival at Fort Kochi. The celebrations and revels uphold till midnight of December 31st with fireworks setting the grand finale.