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New Years in Kochi

2016 good riddance, 2017 is here(almost!).

Welcoming the new year with positive vibes is considered a tradition. New year raves or community festivals, choose your event for your taste. Events are planned out for the entire city but with the police playing party poopers on them, it is unsure about how truly good a beginning 2017 might get. Party till 12:30 am on the 1st with proper lighting and CCTV surveillances.

1.Cochin Carnival

The last 7 days of December sees the carefree side of Kochi. Lasting a week, celebrations for the ending and coming year are held in full blown proportions. Started by the Dutch back in 1600’s, the tradition is being carried on year after year, becoming a miniature gala carnival of its own. Celebrations are centered around the Kochi Fort, with the themes in focus being  peace, progress, environment, participation and adventure.

2.Burning of Christmas Pappani

New Year’s Eve wasn’t complete until an enormous effigy of Pappani in red Santa costumes was burnt at the stroke of midnight at the Fort Kochi beach as the milling crowds around ushered in the New Year. The first edition of Biennale set the record straight, digging deep into history and learning that it isn’t Santa that is to be burned but an old man, to represent the dying away of the year. A twist was introduced to tradition and the effigies made in the consequent years were composed of ecofriendly materials.

3. New Year Bash at JW Marriott

Ring in the new year with a rave at the JW Marriott, With DJ Sekhar, DJ Antonio, Rhythm Circle, Glow Beverage counters, Kids Zone and more.

4. Mumbai Dreams by Crowne Plaza

Party in Style at the Crowne Plaza from 7 PM with unlimited music and dance.

5. Ignite 2017

Ukrainian Invasion in Cochin ! Lets IGNITE this New Year with Dj Anesty, Dj Judin, Dj Ricky Brown and Percussion Sonu Sebastian. We have our beautiful Amritha and Abhijith Yogi singing the New Year’s in and groove with Evitha and Vibin. Face painters and Emcee Rashmi is gonna make you and your family experience one of the best event in Cochin! All this is possible only at IGNITE this year at Radisson BLU and Event powered by Ezone Entertainment.

6. Praise Party 2017

Set a tone for the coming year and kick off with senses and sobriety, from 7:30 PM at the Vallarpadam Church.

7. DELL Beach Carnival 2017

Celebrate the first day of the year with even more partying. Jump in tune to Dj Savyo + Prince Abraham = Free Formation, DJ Jonathan , Arnold Joseph Heiden, BrowBeatz, Akhil Antony & DJ Celine at the Fort Kochi South Beach at 7 pm.

Here’s to a year that will change lives! Welcome 2017!

What 12 days of Christmas is truly about

And a partridge in a pear treeeee!

Years from our childhood, we still have this tune echoing in our heads if we hear anyone mention “12 days of Christmas”. And humming this tune is THE thing do in the coming Christmas season. But do we really know what we are talking about? The numbers mentioned in the song may seem acceptable as they are adjacent digits. But apparently the chosen numbers are not seemingly random, but infact represent something religiously significant.

Some believe that the 12 days mentioned in the song are the 12 days starting with Christmas Day to the Day of Epiphany on the 6th of January. The twelve days in the song are the twelve days starting with Christmas Day, or in some traditions, the day after Christmas (December 26) (Boxing Day or St. Stephen’s Day, as being the feast day of St. Stephen Protomartyr), to the day before Epiphany, or the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6, or the Twelfth Day). Twelfth Night is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the evening of the fifth of January, preceding Twelfth Day, the eve of the Epiphany, formerly the last day of the Christmas festivities and observed as a time of merrymaking.”

In popular belief, many believe that the song describes gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The hidden meaning of each gift was designed to help young Christians learn their faith. The song goes, “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…”

The “true love” represents God and the “me” who receives these presents is the Christian. Here you go:

The “partridge in a pear tree” was Jesus Christ who died on a tree as a gift from God.

The “two turtle doves” were the Old and New Testaments – another gift from God.

The “three French hens” were faith, hope and love – the three gifts of the Spirit that abide (I Corinthians 13).

The “four calling birds” were the four Gospels which sing the song of salvation through Jesus Christ.

The “five golden rings” were the first five books of the Bible also called the “Books of Moses”.

The “six geese a-laying” were the six days of creation.

The “seven swans a swimming” were the “seven gifts of the Holy Spirit”. (I Corinthians 12:8-11; Romans 12, Ephesians 4; I Peter 4:10-11).

The “eight maids a milking” were the eight beatitudes.

The “nine ladies dancing” were nine fruits of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22 & 23)

The “ten lords a-leaping” were the Ten Commandments.

The “eleven pipers piping” were the eleven faithful disciples.

The “twelve drummers drumming” were the twelve points of the Apostles’ Creed.

And there we have it. Go forth and be merry!