Mangalore Fairs & Festivals

A fair is a gathering of people to display or trade produce or other goods, to parade or display animals and often to enjoy associated traveling carnival or travelling funfair entertainment. It is normally of the essence of a fair that it is temporary; some last only an afternoon while others may last as long as ten weeks.

A festival or gala is an event ordinarily staged by a community, centering on and celebrating some unique aspect of that community and its traditions, often marked as a local or national holiday, mela. Festivals often serve to meet specific purposes, especially in regard to commemoration and/or thanks giving.  These celebrations offered a sense of belonging for religious, social, or geographical groups. Festivals that focus on cultural or specifically ethnic topics also seek to inform members of their traditions and the involvement of community elders sharing stories and experience provides a means for unity among families.

Types of fairs & festivals:

  • Religious festivals
  • Arts festivals
  • Food and drink festivals
  • Seasonal and harvest festivals

Religious festivals in Mangalore

  • Mangalore Dussera at Kudroli Gokarnanatheshwara Temple
  • Mangalore Car Festival at Venkatramana Temple
  • Laksha Deeposthsava at Dharmasthala
  • Champa Shasti Festival at Kukke Subrahmanya
  • Sri Krishna Janmastami & Mosarukudike Utsava at Kadri
  • Sri Krishna Janmastami & Mosarukudike Utsava at Attavara
  • Sri Ganesha Chaturthi & Procession at Nehru Maidan, Mangalore.
  • Ullala Uroos (once in a 5 year) etc.

Arts festivals in Mangalore

  • Kite festival at Panambur Beach
  • Beach festival at Ullal

Food and drink festivals in Mangalore

  • Sea Food festival at Panambur Beach

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