Thursday, February 22, 2024

Festivals & Fairs


Christian Festivals

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.