I do agree with your post and some festivals are really a treat to your eye, feelings and memories. The way everything is decorated, arrangements, the togetherness of people, the traditional looks and an overall unity actually make the festival take an upper hand when compared to other places.
In our place, we just had our church festival what we normally call the "Ambu Perunal" which is celebrated in the first month of the year i.e January, second Friday of St. Joseph, Saturday of St. Sebastian and Sunday of St. Mary with great pomp and color. The organizers have to register a year or before and they are the ones who will be looking after the arrangements, functions, decorations, troops like drama, fireworks, orchestra or gaanamela, procession and the money for the same. The three days are the main days of celebration but the preparation starts on the 1st day of the month with the Novenas. The organizers may be single, or a group of 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, etc. Last year it was organized by 101 Moms from the locality and this year it was just 10 people. The functions had a famous drama, good firework and Stephen Devassy's troop for fusion along with a famous priest doing the liturgical part.
As many of the people work in other states or countries, the church has come up with an online service that helps them to have an online view of every celebration that is organized in the church. This facility helps the Pravasi's to watch the liturgy and other functions live on their mobile or TV and enjoy the festival with the family or villagers.
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