Kochi, Dec. 11 : The countdown to Christmas has started. Traders in gift items and cakes are waiting for the demands to pick up.
The local markets used to witness a heavy demand by this time ahead of Christmas till last year by corporate companies or local customers. But the response is dull.
For Keralaites, the Christmas and New Year celebrations are like Deepawali, the biggest festival of Hindus. The State has a considerable number of Christians.
Most of the people here are Christians and many of them are in Gulf countries, who return to homeland during Christmas holidays.