Feasts & Pilgrim Centers

Christmas and Easter are the main celebrations of the Christians in Kerala. Christmas, which marks the birth of Christ, is celebrated with carols, stars, manager, Christmas cards, cake, wine and the midnight mass. Easter that marks the resurrection of Christ falls at the end of a lent as does Christmas. The breaking of the lent is accompanied by feast and festivities at home.

The Perunal celebrations of a church are usually on the Feast day of the presiding deity or on the anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the church. Such celebrations had the enthusiastic participation of people of other religions too. Processions, bearing, the idol of the Saint through decked streets, accompanied by flags, decorated umbrellas, crosses, elephants and musical instruments, was the main component of such celebrations.  Such celebrations of the St. Thomas Christians demonstrated religious harmony.  

Catholics, Jacobites, and Orthodox communities also celebrate the feast festivals. The present-day Mar Thoma church of Kerala celebrates only the founding day of the church with conventions and sermons. The Mar Thoma Church, Pentecost, Brother Mission, CSI, Evangelical church, the Anglican church, Salvation Army,  Russell Church, Methodists, and Lutheran Church have no such celebrations connected with Feast days.