Kanni 20 Perunnal
The people of Kothamangalam celebrate the Cheriyapally festival on October 2 and 3 with piety and festivity. In remembrance to the instance of guiding Mor Yeldho Bava to this church by a Nair (Hindu) Youth, his successors are still given the privilege to hold the traditional lamp of the church and lead the 'Rassa' (Church procession) to the church on the festival day of the saint.
Bava is the Patron Saint of Kothamangalam and Mar Thoma Cheriyapally is the source of eternal light of this place.
The people of this land share everything with the church. During the festival, devotees offer to their Church the fruits of their labour as well as a share of the money that they earn. They believe all their gains are due to the blessings of Bava and they faithfully offer to Bava a share of the fruits of their hard work.
The Kanni 20 Perunnal is an auspicious time to pay homage to Bava It is a popular feast and hence the best time to be here is early October when the Festival is held to commemorate Bava. This brings devotees from near and far for a great religious and cultural meet. It also provides a social occasion to invite close families and friends to share moments of joy and love. The State Government also have been cooperative always by extending to the church help in managing travel facilities, security arrangements and by declaring a local holiday during the festival.
People come to this Church all throughout the year. Devotees are well taken care of by the Church Managing committee. Free food and accommodation are provided to the devotees. The pleasure and pain are shared by every home here and Bava of Cheriyapally. This makes the place a hallowed ground of holiness for devotees and pilgrims.