Initiation of the child to the world of letters by the priest before the holy tomb.'vidhyarambaham' or 'ezhuthiniruth' is the most auspicious occasion to step into the world of knowledge.vidyarambham is a part of the navaratri festival as it is done on the tenth day of navaratri, also called vijayadashami. it is followed in south india. while the rituals may have slight variations in terms of the place and state, the essence is the same.
The ceremonial feast offered to 12 priests, commemorating the last supper of our lord with his disciples. the god is usually expected to grant, on entering into contracts or covenants with man, the claims his vow establishes on their benevolence, and valuing of his gratitude. conversely, in taking a vow, the petitioner's piety and spiritual attitude have begun to outweigh those merely ritual details of the ceremony that are all-important in magical rites.
Though the holy father mor gregorios had succeeded in reorganizing the syrian christians and reaffirm them in the true faith, the saint’s demise created a great vacuum for the native syrian christians. the excessive pressures and influences of the portuguese elements once again forced the syrian christians to slowly drift away from their ancestral precepts and ethos.
Symbolising self-sacrifice for giving light to others..in the lighting of candles we remember and truly live the words of our lord: "i am the light of the world." in the lighting of candles we not only pray, but our prayers become smaller symbols of the one light of christ. in burning candles, our prayers rise up to heaven day and night; prayers for the saint's intercession are also common because of their friendship with god in heaven. saints are powerful intercessors
Thulabharam,the offer of jaggery or sugar equal to the weight of the devotee. founded in the later years of the 15th century, the marthoma cheriapally is one of the ancient places for worship at kothamangalam, a famous pilgrim center of kerala. being one of the most prominent parishes in india, it is famous for the cheriyapally festival celebrated on october 2 and 3. different kinds of offerings made by the devotees at this historic church are panthrandu pattakkarude nercha (the ceremonial feast offered to 12 priests), munnu pattakarude nercha (the ceremonial feast offered to 3 priests), thulabharam (the offer of jaggery or sugar equal to the weight of the devotee) and adimaveckal (pledging the child to be the servant of the church).