Each of the Catholic churches in Negombo has a festival in honor of its patron saint and/or its foundation.
Our Lady of Sorrows is one of several churches near Waterland. The church had its annual festival in September. During the festival, the community placed lights and blue and white banners along the parade route. Parishioners walked the parade route, accompanied by chanting and marching bands. At the front of the parade, a group of choir boys carried crucifixes. Immediately behind them, parishioners transported a statue of the patron saint. The parade passed by Waterland and ended at the church. At the church, a priest ceremoniously welcomed the return of the statue.