Bandra Fair: Mumbaikars reminisce about pre-pandemic celebrations

18 September,2021 08:10 AM IST |  Mumbai  |  Anindita Paul

Although the annual Bandra feast fair to commemorate Mother Mary’s birthday is amiss in its physical avatar for a second year due to the pandemic, residents say that their faith still holds strong

Worshippers congregate to pay their respects at the gates of the church

For the second consecutive year, the annual Feast of Mother Mary is being celebrated virtually in accordance with the curbs on congregations necessitated by the pandemic. And while the festivities are typically centred on Mount Mary Basilica’s novena and the ensuing Octave, the feast has been one of the suburb’s major attractions for visitors of all faiths, from across the city. On the eve of the final day of the festivities, long-time residents reminisce about feasts from the years gone by and share how they’ve been marking the event, albeit in a considerably toned down manner.

Faith over all
O’Neal D’Abreo, wedding dressmaker