St. Mary’s feast

St. Mary's feast
Today is St. Mary’s feast and for us Mangalorean catholics, this is a big deal and infact today we have a vegetarian only spread for lunch / dinner at home!

St. Mary’s feast also doubles up as the harvest festival for us and we are given the first few grains of paddy straight from the fields blessed by the priest in Church and our lunch/dinner starts with a prayer and all of us partaking of this first few grains!

In most churches, today, we offer flowers to Mother Mary and kids get sugarcane as a gift for offering flowers! Its one of my favourite catholic festivals of the year!