The Parumala Perunnal festival is an auspicious and famous festival which is dedicated to the Christian community. The Parumala Perunnal festival is celebrated in the famous Parumala Church situated in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. The festival continues for about a week, with festivities in full swing. Parumala Perunnal is a feast which is held annually to commemorate the Bishop Mar Gregorios Metropolitan’s death anniversary, the canonized saint of the Malankara Orthodox Church of Kerala. The Bishop’s body remains are interred in the church. On the Orma Perunnal (also known as the commemoration day), special prayers are offered by devotees and pilgrims at the church. The Bishop is once again buried in the church during this occasion. During the commemorative feast, devotees offer special prayers while various other rituals are performed.
The primary festival day is celebrated with devotees offering specialized services and followed by well-attended colourful marches where followers take to the streets to celebrate the feast. Followers of the Bishop gather from around the state and parts of the world at the church premises to commemorate this auspicious day. The Bishop is interred in the church during the occasion.
The Parumala Perunnal is celebrated every year in the Parumala Church in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. However, devotees from different parts of the state and the world descend on this small town during the week-long celebrations.
The festival is usually held anytime in April or May and is celebrated by devotees from all over the state.