Bandra a suburb of Mumbai hosts the Mount Mary Church. Every year Novena (special prayers for nine days) are held leading up to the birthday and a feast to celebrate the occasion. A special statue of mother and child is brought in for this week (complete with procession and a befitting band ).The Sunday after, a week long fair begins where believers from different parts and faiths visit this particular church. It is believed that mother Mary grants one his or her wishes during this time.
Hundreds and thousands of people pour in everyday for the whole week and many with new born babies to offer thanks, make for a heart warming sight.
While many hope for their dreams of being realised so do the shop keepers who buy a license for this one week in a hope for an extra buck.