The festival of Dusshera is the main Hindu festival of this state. It is a ten day fete which is celebrated in a very grand manner. During the times of Vijaynagar empire a grand procession was taken out on the tenth day in Mysore. It included the beautifully decorated elephants and local population wearing colorful costumes. Since that day it became a symbol of Karnataka. In today's times Dusshera of Mysore has become world famous. Tourists from all around the world come here to witness the colorful procession. In the evening effigies of Ravan, Kumbhkaran and Meghnad are burnt which marks the ending of this fete.
Yugadi is the festival of New Year according to Kannad traditions. It generally falls in the months of late March and early April and is celebrated with great pomp and show. It also marks the beginning of the spring season when every where new flowers blossoms. Yugadi is celebrated to mark this joyful atmosphere. People begin this day with the sacred prayers and later they prepare special cuisines made from the mixture called Bevu Vella. The tradition of presenting gifts to their loved ones is also being followed from old days.
It is one of the most important festivals of Karnataka that is celebrated in the Dharmaraya temple in Bangalore. It is celebrated in the Chaitra month of Hindu calender on the day of fill moon. It lasts for nine days and is a celebration of goddess Shakti. It is fete of spectacular rituals and processions. It was started by the community of Thigaras who were gardeners by profession. On this day women wear new dresses and makes special dishes. Visiting different temples and praying to the goddess Shakti is the main tradition of the Karaga.
It is celebrated just a day before the Ganesh Chaturthi and is one of the important festivals of Karnataka as well as entire South India. On this day people worship goddess Parvati or Gowri wife of Lord Shiva and mother of Ganesha. She is the incarnation of the Adhi Shakti Mahamaya. People believe that on the thirteenth day of Bhaadrapada month that is Thadige goddess Parvati visits her parents house and the next day Lord Ganesha comes to bring her back to Kailash. On this day a special fast is performed to please her.
It is celebrated on November 1 every year. This day marks the formation of the state of Karnataka. On this day a very colorful procession is taken out with a beautiful picture of Goddess Bhuvaneshwari which is placed on the top of decorated vehicle. The folk artists wearing traditional costumes perform folk dances in the procession. The local people wear traditional dresses on this day. On this day Government presents Rajyotsava award to the people who contributed in the development of this state. The whole state is decorated very beautifully and a government holiday is announced on this day. Karnataka flag is also hoisted on this day.