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Cochin Carnival (New Year's Eve) 2024-2025

Kick up your heels to see off the outgoing year and celebrate the arrival of the New Year in a magnificent way!

Dates: December 25, 2024–January 1, 2025 (unconfirmed)

Cochin Carnival (New Year's Eve)

Far back in the 16th century, during the Portuguese rule, one of the most fantastic Indian carnivals was born. Nowadays, the Cochin Carnival takes place every year during the last week of December before New Year's Day, and it is a total visual delight. You'll witness s a real massive procession with music, plays, dancing, concerts, and much more. But first, let's see why it's such a big deal.

The importance of Cochin

The New Year celebrations in Portugal were frequently marked with grand fiestas and parties, which is why Cochin Carnival, with Fort Kochi (Kerala) in the center of all the activities, is such a bright and memorable event.

What to expect

The Carnival features a lot of contests, including swimming and cycling competitions. In addition, people wear extravagant costumes and put on the brightest possible makeup. Looking for midnight fireworks? No problem! Cochin features probably the most magnificent fireworks in the world. But first, experience the burning of the Papaanji, which takes place exactly at the stroke of midnight and signifies the end of all past issues, as well as the start of a new life.


Towering over the crowds, Pappanji is a giant 35-foot (10-m) statue, created by some of the best artists in Kerala. Burning the statue at midnight brings good luck and prosperity in the upcoming year. Pappanji is an old man, symbolizing the passing year. In some parts of Kerala, Santa Claus is called Christmas Pappanji.

Overall, Cochin Carnival is a giant celebration, paying tribute to both the future and past. So, without further information, just book accommodation and go see this festival of culture for yourself!

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin