'Edathua Perunnal' begins in Alappuzha, grand procession on May 7

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Alappuzha: The 'Edathua Perunnal' is a pompous festival celebrated in a church on the banks of the river Pamba in Alappuzha. The celebrations and annual feast which began on April 27 will end on May 7 here.

The massive basilica dedicated to the patron saint St George is situated 23 km away from Alappuzha town. The church is a replica of the churches in medieval Europe.

The grand procession of St George’s statue to the basilica will happen on May 7, the high point of the festival. The parade carrying the huge statue adorned in gold, accompanied by thousands of devotees engrossed in a festive mood is one of the must-see sights offered by Alappuzha.

Cultural programmes and numerous stalls set up on the church ground and both sides of the roads in the vicinity are crowd-pullers.

The St George Forane Church was constructed in 1810 by a few believers, who detached themselves from the Champamkulam diocese. The festival has become the carnival of the region, attributing the name ‘Edathua Perunnal’ to it.

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