Staff Correspondent

MADIKERI: A large number of people are expected to gather at the Virat Hindu Samajotsava to be held here on January 19, secretary of the samajotsva samiti, C.N. Somesh, said here on Thursday. He said a Shobha Yatra, a grand procession would be taken out from the Gaddige to the Gandhi Maidan at 2 p.m. Cultural troupes involving artistes would be part of the procession, including folk culture of Kodagu, chande of Kerala and dollu kunita. Certain schools have announced holidays on Friday while some others have declared half-day holiday. Another similar convention would be held in Somwarpet on January 21. The Kodagu district administration has ordered closure of bars, restaurants, clubs and banned sale of liquor in Madikeri city from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on January 19. Similarly, the administraion has banned sale of liquor in Somwarpet from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on January 21, an official press release said here on Thursday.