Church Feasts

The “PUTHUPPALLY PERUNNAL” , annual feast of the patron saint, St.George is celebrated on 23rd and 24th of Medam Malayalam Era which usually fails on 7th or 8th of may. It is attended by hundred thousands of devotees belonging to various religions, a fine example of communal and religious harmony among people of this area. Celebrations start 10 days prior to the perunnal with “Kodimaram Ideel” (hosting of flags) participated by people belonging to all religions of the locality. People from Puthuppally and Ericadu Karas bring Flag posts (aeronaut palms) in procession accompanied with band melam. Vicars bless the posts and after prayers hoist the flags. During the ensuing days the parish members prepare themselves spiritually for the Perunnal. Conventions attended by the Metropolitans of the Church are held during the period. On the eve of perunnal, the “Virakideel” function is conducted. Firewood is brought to the church in procession attended by male members of all families. This firewood is used to prepare the food for the “Vechoottu” to be held the next day. On the eve, during night a colourful procession (RHASA) filled with devotion and piety is taken out from the church to Puthuppally kavala. People on either side of the road greet the Rhasa with lighted Nilavilkks (lamps) and candles. Devotees from far and near start to pour in during the night and in the morning the church and the surroundings are thronged with devotees.

The main function on the perunnal day is the HOLY QURBANA (MASS) lead by HIS HOLINESS CATHOLICOSE the supreme head of Malankara Orthodox Church. It is followed by “VECHOOTTU” – feast wherein all the devotees who atttended the function will be seated in rows and served meals.

The Perunnal functions come to a close with devotion and piety. The main offering during Perunnal is “KOZHI NERCHA” (offering of fowls). During the Period the Government declares the entire place as Festival area. Special bus services are arranged by the convenience of the thousands who throng the church.