Indians and locals gather for St Anthony’s feast on Kachchativu IslandView(s):
After three years, St Anthony’s feast was held at Kachchativu Island with the participation of 5,000 devotees from both India and Sri Lanka.
The feast, usually held annually, was halted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year it was held with full splendour and the increased participation of both locals and Indians.
Last year only 80 individuals, a majority clerics from India, and a small number of locals took part in the feast. This year, over 2,198 Indian devotees from Tamil Nadu – Rameswaram, Thangachchimadam, Karaikkaal and Nagapattinam – arrived on the island in 72 trawlers, while 2,900 Lankan pilgrims – mostly fisher folk from Mannar, Thalaimannar, Chilaw and Negombo – took part in the feast.
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