Festival of lights is round the corner. The time to take out sky lanterns from the closet and give them a new coat of colour paper is here.
Then what is the right way to enjoy the extended holiday weekend in Mangalore?
Pondering over what to do?
Here is the solution:
The Diwali weekend in Mangalore starts with the founder’s day of Karnataka itself the Karnataka Rajyotsava.This day is celebrated with great pomp and show in Nehru Maiden in Mangalore on November 1st . This event has the presence of district minister CT Ravi and various other dignitaries. The district level Rajyotsava Awards were also conferred to eminent men on the occasion. The Minister received guard of honour from police, traffic police, NCC and other contingents on the occasion.
There are special performances by school children and colleges.
So guys this is a sure shot thing to visit to see the way Mangalore celebrates its foundation day traditionally and authentically.
Looking forward to the two days of Diwali
Mangalore has its own style to celebrate Diwali. Though the festival of lights Diwali is celebrated all over the country for different reasons, in Dakshina Kannada or Tulu Naadu it is to welcome King Balindra, who was driven to the nether world by Vamana, an avatar of Lord Vishnu.
Diwali celebrations here have a unique local flavor and a cultural touch not seen elsewhere in the state or country. Diwali is chiefly regarded as farmers’ festival and livestock is given its share of respect during the festivities. Their cows are decorated, offered arathis and are fed with sweets, rice and fruits.

Diwali marks the famous kali puja. Mangalore celebrates kali puja with all Bengali rituals. This takes place in Hindi Prachar Samiti near Lalbagh where durga puja celebrations also take place. Another worship place is the famous Kudroli temple which is lit up during Diwali, there is great rush during these days to have a glimpse of the god.
An interesting event that happens in Mangalore every year is ‘Goodu Deepa’ competitions held where colorful sky lanterns were at display, giving people an alternative to traditional stand alone diyas. It is that time of the year when creativity in making sky lanterns aka goodudeepa takes them to Sri Gokarnanatha Kshetra, Kudroli, here where the 14th edition of Namma Kudla Goodudeepa organized by Namma Kudla, a local TV channel, is held on November 1.

The top two winners in each of the three categories of the event will get gold coins. The three categories are traditional, modern and special models of sky lanterns.
And if you are a great shopaholic then it is a great time to go out to shop.
City center offers many discounts and sales at this time of the year. Some of them include lifestyle colour fest, pepe jeans offer, catwalk fun and frolic, puma and many others.
So guys go out and enjoy the festival,burst crackers and light diyas and make the world bright around you.
Have a happy and safe Diwali.imagesCAD1A43M

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