An eventful eight days filled with devotion and grandeur would be the rightful way to define the renowned Manarcad Perunnal, the annual feast celebrated at the St Mary's Church at Manarcad in Kottayam. The premises of the church during the eight days will be filled with thousands of devotees from morning till night. The feast is locally known as ettu noyambu(ettu in local language Malayalam means eight and noyambu means fasting).
The procession carrying the sacred golden cross is held in the last three days of the feast. Devotees participate in the procession, holding muthukkuda (decorated parasols). Thousands visit the church during this time to offer prayer and observe fasting.