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The Customs Of Cochin, India

Cochin is located on the Indian Ocean. It is one of India’s important ports on the Arabian sea. In the coastal sea, occasionally a modern steam turbine and ancient traditional wooden boat crissccross, but it seems natural and harmonious. In fact, cochin is kerala’s largest city and one of the most important ports, and also retains its natural and charming scenery. What still looks like a traditional Indian fishing village has become an amalgam of other cultures, and in recent years, this unsophisticated place has been further stimulated by the influx of quiet, laid-back tourists.

Haitian reflected between the dye with the glow of the sunset, presents another beautiful amorous feelings, little fishing boats, in groups of waterfowl surrounded by return together, perhaps is abundant heart one day, the vast Indian Ocean, along to wet and heat stable climate, more provide a steady stream of catches them, kochi therefore became fisheries developed city. Along the long coast, we also found huge nets that were hoisted high. They were said to be very convenient for catching fish, so they were widely used by local fishermen.


In seven or eight big men called out, net fishing. It’s hard work. Usually they set the net at high tide, so they cast the net several times a day, and every time they lift the net and release the net, only ten minutes or so, so it is quite hard, but also full of a sense of beauty. The locals say, it is the Chinese incoming about one thousand two hundred years ago, there was a Chinese merchant ships to come here to do business, but unfortunately the bankruptcy, unable to return, had to temporarily stay, fishing in this way, it is convenient, if show the locals, are scrambling to imitate, and has been spread so far, but unfortunately, kochi now leave no a Chinese descent, where on earth on to their, no one knows. The big net is pulled up again. Let’s grab a small net and catch the fish. But today’s catch is obviously not ideal, and they are content to say that this is good, because it is not the peak fishing season. For more than 200 years, the cochin people have embraced the Chinese way of fishing, infusing every bit of the essence of the east and the west, subtly influencing their way of life, and forming a distinct pattern from the rest of the world. As a matter of fact, cochin enjoys a relatively rich standard of living for most people who depend on the sea because of its favorable environment. Their abundant fishing is not only self-sufficient, but also can be canned and exported to European countries.


In fact, the Chinese influence on kochi is not just fishing. It is said that the spinning of the local women is very similar to our old way of spinning. They first take the cotton and make it into a yarn, then dye it, then roll it up with this hand tool, and then begin to weave. Most of the industrious southern women took this old-fashioned weaving as a sideline to support their families. Generally speaking, Indian cotton products are not delicate, but because of its quality is easy to break, and wear and tear, so not only can meet the needs of the domestic market, and even a large number of export, has become an important source of income for India. Some businessmen with business vision have developed high-grade cotton wool and coarse wool blended products, and also designed patterns full of thick traditional colors, which have won quite high evaluation in the international market, and even entered the ranks of European and American high-grade products.


Local weddings, generally speaking, are held next to the temple of the poor family, as for the rich family, mostly in their own home, well-off family is concentrated in the small and medium-sized public hall. The bride is holding the flower and fruit that represents auspice decently to come out, priest division wants to offer above all the sandalwood that can drive demon exorcise evil spirit pink mud, in fact new person already bathed clean body early before 3 days, and must not leave the door one step, lest the bad luck upper body of the outside world. The priest asked the couple to put their hands together, recite the congratulatory words, and sprinkle the holy sandalwood water to symbolize their first contact. Then in a shower of flowers, the groom cut off the gold necklace for the bride, saying that he would love her forever. From then on, the bride could not take it off until her death. According to the tradition, if the groom could not afford the gold necklace, he could also use sandalwood mud instead. But the bride’s family paid far more than the groom paid for the gold necklace. Her parents, her elder brother, had to pay for the expensive dowry and all the costs of the ceremony in order that she might live a happy life after her marriage. However, the thought of the kochi people is more open, no longer pay attention to dowry.

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