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Ganesha Chaturthi Festival is one of the major festival season of Karwar. It is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. Two to three months prior to Ganesh Chaturthi, life-like clay models of Lord Ganesha are made for sale by specially skilled artisans. They are beautifully decorated & depict Lord Ganesh in various poses. The size of these statues may vary from 3/4th of an inch to over 25 feet.Ganesh Chaturthi starts with the installation of these Ganesh statues in colorfully decorated homes and specially erected temporary structures mantapas (pandals) in every locality. The pandals are erected by the people or a specific society or locality or group by collecting monetary contributions. The mantapas are decorated specially for the festival, either by using decorative items like flower garlands, lights, etc. or are theme based decorations, which depict religious themes or current events. The statues are worshiped with families and friends.

Diwali is also celebrated by Karwarians with lot of spirit. Diwali is celebrated as return of Rama, King of Ayodhya, with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana to Ayodhya after 14 years exile, and a war in which he killed Ravana. It is also called the Festival of Lights. All homes, shops, establishments & offices are decorated & special arrangements are made at night for lighting.

Muslims community of Karwar celebrates Id-ul-Fitar (Ramdan Id) on the completion of Ramadan month & Id-ul-Adha (Bakri-Id) in the rememberance of Prophet Abraham's sacrifice of his son Prophet Ismail to the will of Almighty Allah and completion of Haj rituals at Mecca.

Christian community of Karwar celebrates Christmas Day on 25 December being birthday of Jesus Christ.

Every year, a festival called the "Karavali Utsav" is held on the Rabindranath Tagore Beach, lasting 3 to 4 days. It is organised by Uttar Kannada District Administration as a cultural-social festival of district level. Many shops and stalls are installed at the Tagore Beach Karwar, people from all parts of district and all over the state and neighbouring Goa state participate in the festival. Many cultural events are held at evening time in which artist of regional, national and international level present their shows, they include Bollywood stars, Kannada film stars, Goan artists and local artists.

Karwar Konkan Maratha Culture

The Karwar Konkan Maratha Samaj has so much to offer apart from its rich cultural heritage. The culture of Karwar Konkan Maratha which reveals itself in many ways is also reflected in its local cuisine. The culture of karwar comprises seasoned cuisines and colorful festivals, Dance and Music. The people of Karwar Konkan Maratha have the essence of music in their culture. In fact music is quite dominant among people living there. People learn the essential themes of cultural life within the bosom of a family.