Known as the biggest procession in Asia, Ettunombu (8 day fast and the Feast of Virgin Mary’s Birth celebrated between September 1st to 8th of every year) at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Manarcad, Kottayam, Kerala, India.
Manarcad Marthamariam Cathedral (St. Mary’s Cathedral), is a Jacobite Syrian Christian Church located about 9 km from the town of Kottayam in Kerala, India and a destination for people on annual pilgrimages seeking the blessings of the Virgin Mary. This church is the most important church among the ancient churches of Malankara and internationally famous. The ancient practice of 8 day fast and the Feast of Virgin Mary’s Birth are celebrated between September 1st and 8th of every year at the cathedral.Because of the unseen presence and blessings of Virgin Mary, the Manarcad cathedral, the 8 day Fast and other observances have withstood the passage of time and attained international reputation. During the fast days, hundreds of thousands of people from the far corners of the world reach Manarcad to seek the blessings of Virgin Mary. During the 8-day Fast in September, the helpless and the hapless throng the church to pray to Virgin Mary for cure of diseases, for getting children for the childless, for guarding against calamities and for getting the wishes fulfilled. They pray and beg to their Mother with tearful eyes. They place their offerings before her. The testimonials of people who have received blessings are numerous. Watch the video to know more about this church.