Bengaluru’s population is a mix of people following different religions. Hindus dominate the scene, but the people of other religions are definitely not left far behind. Festivals of different faiths and religions are recognized and celebrated in the city. Major festivals celebrated in Bengaluru are:
- Maha Shivaratri – A festival dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- Ganesh Chaturthi – A major festival in the state of Karnataka, this is celebrated in all cites and town in this state, to worship Lord Ganesh (who is also the son of Lord Shiva).
- Navrathri – A 10-day Hindu festival, where Goddess Durga is worshipped.
- Deepavali – The festival of Lights; India’s most popular and widely celebrated festival.
- Naga Panchami – Where snakes are worshipped and offered milk; a tribute to Snake deity/God.
- Ramzan – A one-month festival of Muslims, where month long intermittent fasts are observed each day and regular prayers are done throughout this period.
- Christmas – A Christian festival commemorating the birth of Jesus; most Christians and Hindus also celebrate this famous festival here.