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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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”.
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.
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
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