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Fairs and Festivals of Andhra Pradesh


Famous Pongal, the harvest festival, is celebrated from the 13th to the 15th of January every year. It literally means "boiling over" and is a celebration of the flourishing crops in the fields. This festival basically belongs to farming community, but today it is celebrated throughout the South India.


Sivaratri, is one of the pre-historic festivals celebrated in the months of February/March. This festival is devoted to Lord Shiva, the destroyer. Sivaratri is celebrated by remaining awake throughout the night, visiting the temple and listening to the Vedic recitals and their meanings.


Ugadi is the New Year's day in Andhra culture. It is celebrated every year after the celebration of 'holi' in April-May.

Vinayaka Or Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh or Vinayak Chaturthi is celebrated to mark the birthday of Lord Ganesh or Vinayak. This famous festival is celebrated with excitement and enthusiasm throughout the country along with Andhra Pradesh. The duration of Ganesh Chaturthi is ten days and on the tenth day Ganesh idols are immersed in the Hussain Sagar lake.

Diwali (October - November)

Diwali, the festival of light, is celebrated in the entire country including Andhra Pradesh. This festival is dedicated to the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. It is celebrated by decorating house with lights and burning crackers.


Moharrum is a Muslim festival celebrated in Hyderabad. Other Muslim festivals like Milad-un-Nabi and Id are also celebrated with assemblies held at Mecca Masjid and at Dar-us-Salaam. These festivals are also celebrated with equal happiness all over the country.

Deccan Festival

The Deccan festival is a celebration of Hyderabad's arts, crafts, culture and cuisine. The highlight of the festival are the Pearls and Bangles fair and a food fair. The festival also includes cultural programs, food stalls, arts and craft shops etc.

Lumbini Festival

The Lumbini festival celebrates the Buddhist Heritage of Andra Pradesh. This festival is celebrated in Nagarjunasagar and Hyderabad for three days from second Friday of December, every year.

Visaka Utsav

The Visaka Utsav is a celebration of the arts, crafts and cuisine of Visakahapatan district. It is celebrated from the 3rd Sunday of January in every year and the duration of the festival is three days.

Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival

The Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival is held in the month of October. This festival displays the arts and cuisine of Rasyalaseema area of Tirupati in Chitoor district.


Bathkamma is special to the Telangana region that lasts for almost a month. During the festival, Goddess Bathkamma's idol is worshipped and is made to float on the rivers and lakes. A widely known festival in Telengana area that falls on Asvija Shuddha Dasami is Bathkamma Panduga.


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