Fairs and Festivals of Andhra Pradesh, India
Fairs and Festivals
The festival of Batkamma starts just after Ganesh Chaturthi in September. This goes on for a month, celebrating a plentiful harvest. This festival of flowers is peculiar to Telangana region when women perform a dance around a wooden tray filled with flowers, which is later taken to a pond and allowed to float in the water.
Dassara is a 10-day festival of celebrating the triumph of good over evil. The ninth day is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi, and on the tenth day, Ayudha Puja is conducted with the worshipping of tools and instruments of various professions.
The Golkonda Festival is a bi-annual cultural event organized by the Golkonda Society, with concerts, sound and light shows, exhibitions and lectures
Holi is the festival of
color celebrated during the first or second week of March.
The devotees of Kali celebrate Mahankali jatra with large processions in
honor of goddess Durga. The biggest congregation is at the Mahankali temple at Secunderabad.
Mrugam is a festival peculiar to Hyderabad. It is celebrated on June 7, marking the beginning of the rainy season. A local freshwater fish known as Maral is eaten on this day.
The festival of Muthyalamma, the fourth daughter of Brahma, the god of creation, is celebrated during August. The goddess is believed to be the benefactress of the farming community and the festival is famous in rural Andhra.
Parsi New Year
The Parsi New Year or Jamshed Nauroz is celebrated on 21st of March.
Sankranthi is celebrated to mark the end of the harvest season during January. Kite flying is important on this day, which is special for colorful kolam decorations and sweets. Hyderabad Industrial Exhibition (Jan 1 to Feb 15) is conducted in the grounds on Mukarramjahi Road near Nampally where many stalls display textiles, kitchenware and other goods.
SICA and Kalasagaram Festivals
In December, the South Indian Cultural Association (SICA) and Kalasagaram usually have their annual festivals of music and dance, coinciding with the season in Chennai.
State of Andhra Pradesh
On November 1st the creation of the State of Andhra Pradesh in 1956 is celebrated.
Telugu New Year
the Telugu New Year is a day of starting afresh, when new ventures are began auspiciously.
Vasant panchami is celebrated during the first week of February, heralding spring. Mahashivaratri is marked by the 24 hour fast of devotees, and falls during the second of third week of February.