The Jews of Kerala are believed to have migrated to this place in the
first century following the destruction of the second temple of
Jerusalem in 72 AD.
Jewish community in Kerala settled mainly in and around Mattancherry,
Kochi. The Passover Festival to commemorate the liberation of Jews from
Egyptian slavery is celebrated in April/ May every year.
The Pentecost Festival follows the Passover, and the feast of the
Tabernacles are also observed. The New Year celebration which falls in
September/ October and Hanukka, the 'festival of lights', are other
Celebration Trends And Rituals
The Jews of
Kerala are believed to have migrated to this place in the first century
following the destruction of the second temple of Jerusalem in 72 AD.
Prime Attractions of Cochin (Kochi)
A Scenic island near the city of Ernakulam, Bolghatty
is famous for the Bolghatty Palace built by the Dutch in 1744 AD.
Originally built by the Portuguese in the mid-16th
century, the Dutch Palace or Mattancherry Palace is located at
Mattancherry. It was presented to the Kochi Maharaja in 1555 AD and
later taken over by the Dutch who carried out repairs and extended it
A leisurely walk through the lanes of the city is
the best way to discover historic Fort Kochi. An obscure fishing village
that became the first European township in India, Kochi has an eventful
and colourful history. more..
The oldest synagogue in India, it was built in 1586
AD by the prosperous Jewish community whose links with Kerala began in
Kodungalloor in northern Kerala. more..