annual festival of the St. Andrews Forane Chuch at Arthunkal near
Alappuzha is held in the month of
January. This ten-day festival held in the name of St. Sebastian is
attended by thousands of devotees from all parts of the State.
They express their gratitude by crawling on their knees from the nearby beach to the church. On the last day, a grand religious procession is taken out from the church to the nearby beach.