Culture and traditional festivals in Mangalore

Mangalore or Mangaluru is located about 352 kilometers (219 miles) west of Bangalore, the state capital, between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats mountain range. Culture and traditional festival in Mangalore that attracts a lot of people and tourists. In Mangalore-people, festivals, culture form an integral part of the city. Mangaluru, despite being a part of Karnataka. It is situated on the west coast of the country. The economy of this city is mainly supported by international sea trade, agriculture, oil, and other industries and newly prospering outsourcing enterprises. The citizens of Mangalore are called Mangaloreans and the major religion of this region is Hinduism. Mogaveeras, Ganigas, Billavas, Bunts, Kota Brahmins, Havyaka Brahmins, Shivalli Brahmins, and Goud Saraswat Brahmins are the chief groups of people dwelling here. Apart from that, Christians, Muslims, and Jains also inhabit Mangalore. The predominant languages spoken here include Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, Haveeka, Beary, Malayalam, Urdu, Hindi, and English.

Mangalore celebrates the Indian traditional festival such as Dasara, Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Janmashtami, Christmas, Easter, Eid, etc. with absolute pomp and enthusiasm. Mangalore culture is infused with numerous local festivals in addition to these well-known festivals.

 Mangalore Festivals

Kudroli Shri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple:Biggest celeberation in Mangalore
  • Dasara- Mangalore Dasara is considered one of the biggest celebrations in Mangalore and stands second place after Mysore Dasara in the state of Karnataka. The festival is organized by Kudroli Shri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple. The main attraction of the festival is lion dance, Tiger dance, bear dance. The city is decorated with lights for 10 days of the occasion. It is also referred to as Navaratri Festival, Vijayadashami.
  • Kodial Theru or Mangaluru Rathotsava - It is one of the major festivals of the Goud Saraswat Brahmins( GSB) community, which celebrates the car festival of the Sri Venkatramana Temple.
  • Monti Fest- Monti Fest is one of the major celeberations of the Mangalorean Catholic community, celebrating the Nativity feast and the blessing of new crops.
  • Jain food festival- It is a famous food festival in Mangalore. The Jain Milan, a committee of the Jain families of Mangalore, organize the Jain Food Festival annually to bring together all the members of the Jain community
  • Masaru Kudike- People of all faiths participate in the Mosaru Kudike, which is a part of the celebrations to mark the Krishna Janmashtami festival. Commemorative the birth of Lord Sri Krishna is consecrated by every Mangalorean.

Main Two Mangalore culture

Tuluva Culture

The Tulu people or Tuluva people are an ethnic group native to Southern India. They are native speakers of the Tulu language and the region they traditionally inhabit is known as Tulu Nadu. Tulu people mainly following this culture, Yakshagana is a night-long dance and drama performance practiced by Tuluvas with great fanfare. Pilivesha is a unique folk dance of Mangalore which is specially performed at the time of Dasara and Janmashtami. Karadi Vesha (Bear Dance) is one more popular dance performed during Dasara in Mangalore. Kolata is a valorous folk dance performed with the help of sticks when Kolkai; Beary folk songs are sung. Munjal Pat is a traditional lullaby and Oppune Pat and Moilanji Pat are traditional wedding songs. Hulivesha is a traditional tiger dance, Kambala is a buffalo race and Korikatta is the cockfight enjoyed here. Thus the Mangalore culture is rich with its distinguished traditional aspects.

Konkani Culture

There are about 22 ethnic Konkani communities that live in Mangalore, including Goud Saraswat Brahmin, Mangalorean Catholics, Daivadnyas, Kudmi, Kharvi, Gudigar, Navayats, etc. These communities speak dialects of the Konkani Language. Their festivals like car festivals of various Konkani Temples, Shigmo of Kudmi Community, Santhmarie of Catholics keep alive Konkani Cultural ethos.

Mangalore Cuisine includes special food items such as Kane Fry, Sannas, Pancakes, Akki Rotti, Kori Rotti, Neer Dosa, Cucumber Ghrassi, Coconut Sesame Gravy, Gadbad Ice-Cream, Golibaje, Filter Coffee, Masala Dosa, Badam Halwa, etc.

Mangalore is the famous and fourth-largest city of Karnataka. This city has many traditional festivals and cultures that attract a lot of tourists and visitors. If you are planning a trip to Mangalore, you need to take some time out to visit the beautiful Mangalore temples and attend traditional festivals that are part of the heritage of this city.

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