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Fairs and Festivals of Andhra Pradesh


Look at the state's festival calendar and you will come to learn that celebration continue in Andhra Pradesh throughout the year. Besides a number of Hindu festivals in Andhra Pradesh, numerous tourist festivals, Buddhist festivals and Muslim festivals are also organised with all the spiritual fervour. During these fairs and festivals, people come out to greet one another and share the strong bond of brotherhood among themselves. January is the time when the popular harvest festival of Pongal is celebrated here. The months of February-March herald the arrival of the very spiritual Sivratri, which dedicated to Lord Shiva. Referred to as Ugadi, the New Year celebration in Andhra Pradesh occurs just after Holi, the festival of colours. Ganesh Chaturthi, dedicated to Lord Ganesha, and Deewali are the other popular Hindu festivals in the state. To provide a window to Hyderabad's vibrant cultural heritage, the State Tourism Department organises the widely known Deccan Festival, a must-attend for travellers from all over. Another popular tourist festival in Andhra Pradesh is the Visaka Utsav, organised in the district of Visakhapatnam. And there are many more!

Popular Fairs and Festivals in Andhra Pradesh


Spiritual Festivals
There are different religious festivals celebrated in Andhra Pradesh. These festivals belong to different religions, but are celebrated with equal exhilaration and enthusiasm.

Pongal (January)
Famous Pongal, the harvest festival, is celebrated from the 13th towards the 15th of January each yr. It virtually means "boiling over" and is actually a celebration of the flourishing crops inside the fields. This festival fundamentally belongs to farming community, but nowadays it is celebrated all through the South India. Mainly in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Sivaratri (February - March)
Sivaratri, is one of the pre-historic festivals celebrated all above India within 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 towards the Vedic recitals and their meanings.

Ugadi (April - Might)
Ugadi will be the New Year's day in andhra culture. It is celebrated each and every yr following the celebration of 'holi' in April-May.

Vinayaka Or Ganesh Chaturthi (August - September)
Ganesh or Vinayak Chaturthi is celebrated to mark the birthday of Lord Ganesh or Vinayak. This well-known festival is celebrated with pleasure and enthusiasm all through the country together with Andhra Pradesh. The duration of Ganesh Chaturthi is ten days and around the tenth day Ganesh idols are immersed within the Hussain Sagar lake.

Diwali (October - November)
Diwali, the festival of mild, is celebrated in th entire nation which includes Andhra Pradesh. This festival is devoted to the goddess of prosperity, Lakshmi. It really is celebrated by decorating house with lights and burning crackers.

Moharrum (April)
Moharrum is actually a Muslim festival celebrated in Hyderabad. Other Muslim festivals like Milad-un-Nabi and Id will also be celebrated with assemblies held at Mecca Masjid and at Dar-us-Salaam. These festivals can also be celebrated with equal joy all more than the nation.

State Festivals
Andhra Pradesh Tourism conducts 4 festivals each year. These festivals support the thriving tourism in the state.

Deccan Festival (February)
The Deccan festival is actually a celebration of Hyderabad's arts, crafts, tradition and cuisine. The highlight in the festival would be the Pearls and Bangles honest as well as a food honest. The festival also includes cultural programs, meals stalls, arts and craft outlets etc.

Lumbini Festival (December)
The Lumbini festival celebrates the Buddhist Heritage of andra Pradesh. This festival is celebrated in Nagarjunasagar and Hyderabad for 3 days from second Friday of December, every single yr.

Utsav (January)
The Visaka Utsav is a celebration in the arts, crafts and cuisine of Visakahapatan district. It is celebrated through the 3rd Sunday of January in each and every calendar year along with the duration in the festival is three days.

Rayalaseema Meals and Dance Festival (October)
The Rayalaseema Meals 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.