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Posts tagged “New Year’s Day

Carnival Artistes

As soon as cool, early evening breezes had gently refreshed our New Year’s Day,
Fort Cochin burst into carnival mood.

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Almost all the “female” artistes on parade are local boys en travesti:
a comedic tradition even more widespread here than in Britain – which is quite an achievement!

The lady drummers were, however, the real thing
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Pictures taken at the Fort Cochin New Year’s Day Carnival Parade.


Carnival!

New Year’s Day in Fort Cochin is celebrated by the annual carnival.

Malayalees, along with domestic and international tourists, numbering up to one lakh spectators, line the streets of Fort Cochin to enjoy the spectacle.

It is an intoxicating brew of music, dance, tableaux and sheer fun.

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Shaji and Dalila, concerned that I would find the event too tiring, have arranged for me to view it all seated on a roof-top belonging to one of their many friends.

Anu firmly clasps my hand and steers me through the tightly packed throng.

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