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.
The 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 popular festivals.