Fast, Fair and Festivals of India Fast, Fair and Festivals of India
Celebrated In : Kottayam, Kerala
Centre of Activity : St. Marry Church, Manarkad.
Main Ritual : Eight day Ritual Fast
In the month of : September
Situated at Manarkad near Kottayam, this church consecrated to St. Mary is an outstanding Syrian Jacobite Shrine.
The most important festival here is the eight-day ritual fast popularly known as 'Ettu Nompu Perunnal'. A major chunk of the participants in the fast are women. The festival begins on the 1st of September.

On the last three days, colorful processions are taken out with golden crosses and rows of brilliantly hued umbrellas.
Manarkad Perunal, Kottayam, Kerala