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Festivals In Andhra Pradesh

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The Festivals in India are celebrated with pomp and gaiety. The festivals are as diverse as the people of India. The culture and heritage of Andhra Pradesh are reflected through the festivals. The Andhra Pradesh Festivals are part of the vibrant and colorful celebrations. Some of them are even arranged by the state.

Festivals in Andhra Pradesh are celebrated by the people of the state very religiously. Some of the festivals are religious and some are even arranged by the government of the state of Andhra Pradesh. This is mainly done with a purpose to expand the tourism. Some of the popular Andhra Pradesh Festivals

include the Deccan Festival, Visaka Utsav, Lumbini Festival and Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival.

Holi in Andhra Pradesh is celebrated on the the month of Phalguna. Holi is actually the Festival of Color. The vibrant colors are used to smear each other. This is a festivity of fun and frolic and at the same time this festival drives away the negative spirits to give rise to fellow feeling.

On the day of Deepavalil, Lakshmi or the Goddess of wealth is worshiped. There is also an auspicious ritual of preparing dishes with 14 varieties of green leaves. There is a customary ritual on this day of Deepavali to light Diyas or lamps in every household. The children joined by the elders as well burn fire crackers.

Idd-Ul-Fitr is celebrated on the 1st of Shawwal, or the tenth lunar month according to the Islamic calender. Idd-Ul-Fitr is celebrated on the day the followers of the Islamic religion break a one month long fast. Mohurrum is celebrated to mark the sacrifice of Immam Hussain. Apart from the renowned festivals several other tribal festivals are celebrated in Andhra Pradesh.

Deepavali The Festival of Light has a Hindu mythical association. It is believed that on this very day, the demon called Narkasura was killed in the hands of Lord Ramachandra. This day is also important to the devotee of Ramachandra as on this day he returned to his kingdom of Ayodhya after killing Ravana.

Holi It is believed that during Lord Shiva was meditating, cupid shot his arrows to inflict love in him. But Shiva was outraged by this disturbance, he burnt cupid to ashes by the power of his third eye. When Cupid's wife asked for mercy to Lord Shiva, he granted a wish that he can come back to his original form only on this particular day of the year.

Idd-Ul-Fitr Idd-Ul-Fitr is a festival that is religiously celebrated in Andhra Pradesh. Idd-Ul-Fitr is mainly a festival of the Muslims. They celebrate it with gaiety and frolic. It is celebrated as a special occasion in Hyderabad and in the rest of Andhra Pradesh, in India.

Krishna Ashtami Also referred as janmashtam, Krishna Ashtami is one of the widely followed festivals of Andhra Pradesh. Celebrated between the month of august and September, Krishna Ashtami marks the appearance of Lord Krishna on earth. The devotees maintain a fast on the night of the festival and sing religious hymns.

Maha Sivarathri Maha Sivarathri is believed to be one of the oldest festivals of Andhra Pradesh. The traditional myth of the place says that Lord Shiva was appeared as a lingam on this day. Celebrated on the night of Krishna chaturdashi, Maha Sivarathri speaks of the divine charisma and eternal bliss of Lord Shiva.   Read More...

Milad-Un-Nabi Milad-Un-Nabi, the religious festival of Muslim community, is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh to rejuvenate the mirth of the moment when Prophet Mohammed took birth. The day of this pious occasion starts with the breaking of dawn when the people gather in various mosques to read the sacred Quran.

Muharram Memorizing and paying homage to Hasan and Hussain on their death anniversaries, Muharram is followed in all parts of Andhra Pradesh. Indicating the dawn of New Year of Muslims, the festival primarily involves mourning sessions that are organized by both sunni and shia communities. Read More...

Vijaya Dasami Vijaya Dasami is known as one of the most vibrant and enticing occasion of Andhra Pradesh. The pious day of Vijaya Dasami symbolizes the victory of Lord Rama over the King of demons - Ravana. Some of the traditional fables also put forth the majestic triumph of Goddess Durga over the Asura on this day. Read More...

Christmas The uniqueness of Christmas in Andhra Pradesh lies in the fact that the Syrian Christians of the place celebrate the occasion with well-decorated elephants, colorful umbrellas and melodious religious rhythms. The other Christian sects of the state spend the entire day much like the remaining part of the world. Read More...

Nagapanchami or Nagula Cahvithi To worship the king of snakes – Cobra, Nagapanchami or Nagula Cahvithi is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh. The rituals of the festival are usually performed by the womenfolk of the place who adorn themselves with vibrant attires and ornaments and come to mandapams where the idol of a Cobra with seven heads is set. Read More...

Sankranthi As the auspicious festival of peasants, Sankranthi is celebrated in all the hamlets of Andhra Pradesh. Also known as the festival of grain harvest, Sankranthi is meant to ward off the evil spirits from the crop fields. Celebrated for three whole days, the festival is religiously followed by all the farmers of the place. Read More...

Sri Rama Navami Sri Rama Navami” is one of the most popular and celebrated festival of Andhra Pradesh which is observed with much pomp and show through out the state. Ram Navami marks the birth of Lord Rama, the main character of the religious epic of “Ramayana”. Read More...

Ugadi The “Hindus” of Andhra Pradesh celebrate the festival of “Ugadi” in the month of March and April, with much pomp and show. The “Ugadi” festival marks the beginning of another year among the Telugu people of Andhra Pradesh. Read More...

VaraLaxmi Vratam Celebrated mostly by the married women, Varalaxmi Vratam is one of the oldest festivals of Andhra Pradesh. The festival of “Varalaxmi Vratam” is devoted to Goddess Laxmi and is observed with strict religious rituals.  Read More...

Vinayaka Chavithi The “Vinayaka Chavithi” or “Ganesh Chaturthi” is one of the most celebrated festivals of the Hindus of Andhra Pradesh. Dedicated to Lord Ganesha the God of wealth, wisdom and learning, Vinayaka Chavithi is observed with mush fanfare through out the state of Andhra Pradesh. Read More...


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