The festival at the church of Vallarpadam on September 24 is very famous and attracts people belonging to all religions. The icon of Virgin Mary in this church is credited with many miracles. St. George Florence Church at Edappally is considered to be the oldest church in Kerala, which was founded in 593 A.D. before that St. Thomas founded the 7 churches. A large number people are fed for the feast of St. Joseph on March 19 in St. Antonys church situated at Kannamaly.
Another worth mentioning festival is the Easter Festival at St. Marys Church at Piravom. One of the ancient mosques in Kerala is at Kanjiramattam.
The Chavitty Natakom is the famous Neo-classical dance form of the Coastal belt of Ernakulam District. The Portuguese influence in Kerala helped the spread of Christianity along the South West Coast. As a result, a new type of community was slowly brought into existence, which being cut off from its original set up had to look upon the westerner for cultural sustenance.
Out of this situation there was born a new art form with songs, dialogues and dances similar to the miracle plays of the west. They are known as Chavittu Natakom. The influence of the west can be shown in the stage settings, introduction of certain costumes, etc.
Some of the important plays, which are staged at that time, were Genoa, Caralman, Charitham, Napoleon charitham, etc. Mainly the Places like Gothuruth, Mundamvely, Varapuzha were famous for this art form.
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