There are several Christian festival in Tamil Nadu. The most
important one is the Velankanni festival to virgin Mary.
It is celebrated for ten days from the August 28 to September 10
every year and draws vast crowds of Catholics, other Christians
and even members of other religions from all over India and
from Malaysia across the seas.
Prayers to Virgin Mary are believed to be very effective
of miraculous healing powers. Thousands of pilgrims belonging the
various castes and communities flock daily to this "Lourdes of the
East". Some times offering are sent in sealed bottles or big
hollow bamboos duly closed and thrown in to the sea with the address
of the shrine written on them. Such offerings are said to reach
the holy spot from where they are taken and deposited in the church museum.