Bangalore is a city, which not
only has a large number of cinema halls but is also famous for its
nightlife. It is a city, which has adopted to the changing fashion trends
in the world. The numerous pubs and nightclubs can compete with any modern
city of America or Europe. The big boom may be over but the young people
of the city still have money to squander over and the nightlife in the
city is thriving.
The modern shopping malls at Bangalore, full of brightly lit shops and showrooms not necessarily invite prospective buyers but are treat for the window shoppers too. A thriving modern business centre, whose gracious garrison town features are being remodelled in the image of India's mall loving middle class. It has been scathingly described as a city in search of a soul.
A night on the town normally kicks off with a bar crawl along Brigade Road, Residency Road and Church Street where scores of swish pubs compete with MTV, lasers and thumping sound systems.
Drinking alcohol here does not have the shabby connotations as is the case elsewhere in India. There is a ban on alcohol sale however, between 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm imposed in 1993 by the then Chief Minister Veerappa Moily to keep off the school children from skipping schools to booze.
The Festivals of Bangalore And The Merry Making
Bangalore is a living city, which celebrates all the festivals and various fairs with great pomp and show, be it a flower show, a temple festival or a bull race.
In the months of March and April every year falls the 'Shakthi Worship'. The 'Karaga' procession starts from the Dharmaraja temple of Nagarthpet at 2 o'clock in the morning. After covering a distance of 20 to 25 kilometres, the procession returns to the temple at 6 am.
Ulsoor Someswara Festival:
The Ulsoor Someswara Car Festival falls in March/April every year.
The Festival of Sriramanavami:
Harikathas, Bhajans and Music performances are arranged in different parts of Bangalore during March/April for the Sriramanavami Festival.
Lal Bagh Show :
The Mysore Horticultural Society conducts the Lal Bagh show in January and August and awards prizes for the best exhibits of vegetables, fruits and flowers in the show.
Festival of Sri Ganesha:
During August, in various parts of Bangalore is celebrated the Sri Ganesha Festival.
The Bangalore Race:
The summer season race commences in the middle of May and ends in July. The winter season race starts in November and goes on upto March next year. Of Course, betting is conducted on races run in other places
The Silver Car Festival for Sri Subramanyaswami (Visweshwarapuram):
This festival which falls in November/December attracts a large number of devotees.
This fair is held near Basava Temple in Basavangudi in September/October.
St. Mary's Feast:
At St. Mary's Basilica near Russell Market Shivaji Nagar is celebrated the Parish Feast on the 8th of September.
Bangalore adorns itself in its best attire to show its joy at the birth of Christ.
In the last week of December and the first week of January, the Ayyappa Bhajans are heard in different parts of the Bangalore sung by the pilgrims to Sabarimala.
The Festival Of Sankranti, Dassara And Diwali:
Diwali in October/November, Dassara in September/October and Sankranti in January are celebrated with all the gaiety by Bangalorians.
On the 1st of November, falls the Kannada Rajyotsava. It is celebrated with great jubilation.
Ramzan and Bakrid:
Prayers and Greetings are a characteristic feature of Ramzan and Bakrid.