Mangalore Festivals

Mangalore festivals form an indelible part of the society of Mangalore that are celebrated by the people with extreme enthusiasm. The festivals of Mangalore provide a deep insight into the socio-cultural pattern of Mangalore.

Some of the festivals at Mangalore that deserve special mention in this context are:

  • Aati festival – Aati festival is one of the major festivals in Mangalore. The Aati festival is celebrated with immense enthusiasm throughout the length and breadth of Mangalore. Moreover, during this festival in Mangalore, the people of Mangalore perform the Aatikalanja, which is a form of a ritualistic folk dance in Mangalore. Kalanja is minor spirit that is supposed to be the protector of village. It is believed that Kalanja protects the people of Mangalore from July and August. The Aati festival of Mangalore is celebrated by the Nalke community. The festivities begin from July 17 and lasts till August 15.

  • Dussehra – Dussehra is one of the major festivals not only in Mangalore, but also in Karnataka. Dussehra is a festival that symbolizes the victory of the good over evil. The Dussehra festival commemorates the victory of Goddess Chamundeswari over Mahishasura. Dussehra is a 10 day festival which is celebrated with great pomp and show in Mangalore.

  • Sri Krishna Janmashtami – Sri Krishna Janmashtami is a festival celebrated on the occasion of the birth of Lord Krishna. Sri Krishna Janmashtami calls for a lot of festivities in Mangalore. On this day, a small earthen pot, known as the 'matka', is suspended from a loose string; young men make a human pyramid and try to reach the pot in order to break it.

  • Ganesh Puja – Ganesh Puja, which is also known as Ganesh Chaturthi, commemorates the birthday of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha is regarded as the God of wisdom and prosperity. The Ganesh Puja is one of the most popular festivals at Mangalore.

These are some of the Mangalore festivals that bring a new life to the people of Mangalore.

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Last Updated on 21 September 2011