A church in Kerala celebrated the birthday of a saint in a unique way. An 827 kg cake was baked to mark the 827th birth anniversary of St Antony, the saint on whom the church was built. The idea was also to secure a piece of dessert for all devotees.
The 110 feet tall and six-feet wide cake, was displayed at the Chettikkad church premises for devotees to have a glimpse, on Tuesday. It was later distributed among the devotees who thronged the church during the festivities related to the saint’s birthday.
A church priest said they used to make cakes earlier also to mark St Antony’s birthday and distribute among devotees later.
But, this is for the first time that such a huge cake was being made, said Father Ambros Puthenveettil, vicar and rector of the church.
“Such a huge cake was planned with the objective of giving at least a single piece to every devotee who comes to the shrine during the day,” he said.
A devotee, who didn’t want to disclose his identity, sponsored the cake which cost over Rs 3.5 lakh, he said.
A local bakery made the cake and at least 20 of its employees toiled hard to bring it in its final form, he said.
The richly decorated cake had engravings of several significant episodes in the life of St Antony and the features of the church, the priest added.
(With PTI inputs)
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