Angamali: A New Year Carnival organized by Karukutti ‘Mela’ Cultural Society turned out to be a crowd puller with the giant ‘Papaanji’ built in front of the festival ground.

Papaanji is a Portuguese word meaning old man. It is a global custom to burn the Papaanji as a symbol of destroying the vice as part of celebrating New Year.

The 70-feet-high papaanji was built by sculptor Paulson Pallippatt and team. A large crane was used to set up the papaanji.

600 kg iron bar, 300 kilo square tube, 100 kg paper, 1000 reeds, 300 metre foam, 50 kg white flour and 30 litre fevicol were used to make the giant Papaanji.

About 50 members of ‘Mela’, CITU and NITUC labourers, and auto drivers of Karukutti cooperated to organize the carnival.