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Festivals in Bengaluru

Making a vacation trip to Bangalore? Know about some of the popular festivals in Bengaluru that you can witness while on your trip to the city.

Bengaluru

Bengaluru is the capital of Karnataka, a south-western state in India. It is home to a large number of industries and business centers. The city has a booming IT sector, the biggest in India. It is also known as ‘The Silicon Valley of India’ for this reason. Other important business sectors in Bengaluru include

  • Telecom
  • Media
  • Education
  • Real estate
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Hospitality
  • Healthcare

The city has earned the reputation of being a major metropolis. But it has not severed ties with its heritage and traditions. This is evident in the enthusiastic celebrations of different festivals across the city. A number of festivals are celebrated round the year in Bengaluru. Most of these Bengaluru festivals are religious in nature.

Festivals in Bangalore

Bengaluru comprises of a multicultural population. It inhabits people of all religions. The main religious groups living in the city include

  • Hindus
  • Muslims
  • Christians
  • Sikhs
  • Jains

Naturally, one can witness a lot of festivals in Bengaluru. Some of the most popular Bangalore festivals are

Pongal

Pongal marks the beginning of the harvest season in South India. Like in other parts of Karnataka, the celebration of Pongal is also grand in Bengaluru. It also heralds the arrival of the spring season. Thus, the occasion has a lot of joyful importance for Bangaloreans. The festival is observed with

  • Worshipping the sun-god
  • Cooking special rice and milk recipes
  • Gift-giving

Different cultural programs are organized in the city to mark Pongal. Pongal is observed sometime in January every year.

Dussehra

It is one of the most joyful occasions in the city. The festival celebrates a mythological tale about the execution of the demon Mahishasura by Goddess Chamundeswari. The event is celebrated with a lot of pomp and grandeur in the city. It carries forward the tradition of taking out a grand procession during the festival by the Maharaja of Mysore.

Ganesh Chaturthi

The festival is dedicated to worshipping Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is one of the greatest Hindu deities. He is worshipped by millions of devout Hindus in India. As in elsewhere in India, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated annually in Bangalore sometime during September. The festival sees procession of the Lord’s idol with devotes chanting his name and singing devotional songs. It is also an occasion when various food items are offered to the Lord. Priests narrate mythological tales that depict various actions of the Lord.

Ugadi

It is the Telugu New year’s Day. It is celebrated as a festival sometime in March every year. The occasion is observed in Karnataka as well as neighboring Andhra Pradesh. The day has people bathing and cleaning themselves early in the morning. This is followed by prayers and eating of a special dish. The day is traditionally marked by

  • Recitations from the almanac ‘Panchangam’
  • Literary discussions
  • Family get-togethers
  • Exchange of greetings and wishes

Other popular festivals in Bengaluru are Ramnavami, Eid ul-Fitr, Varamahalakshmi, Christmas and Deepavali.