: ‘Global Village’, set up on Bolgatty Island in Kochi as part of the sixth season of the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (GKSF), will close on January 7.

The trade fair, which was due to run till January 9, will close ahead of schedule owing to security restrictions that will be enforced in Kochi for the three-day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, which starts on Monday. The President, Prime Minister, Chief Ministers, State and Union Ministers, diplomats, and foreign dignitaries are expected to attend the meet. The Global Village will close at 10 p.m. on Monday, a release from the GKSF directorate said.

The organisers said close to 15,000 people on an average visited the village. The last weekend of 2012 saw a surge in the number of visitors, with around 20,000 people visiting the village on the expansive Lulu Convention Centre premises in Bolgatty for end-of-the-year festivities.

The colours and textures of the country’s rich textile tradition are on full display at the Weaves Pavilion, which continues to be among the most popular sections of the trade fair.

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