Fairs and Festivals of Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh is famous for its varied
culture and tradition. One of the highlight of its culture are the
numerous festivals celebrated here. Most of these festivals are
religious and some are organized by the government of Andhra Pradesh
state. These festivals are celebrated with great pomp and gaiety.
¤ Religious Festivals
There are various religious festivals celebrated in Andhra Pradesh.
These festivals belong to different religions, but are celebrated with
equal excitement and enthusiasm.
¤ Pongal (January)
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. Mainly in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and
¤ Sivaratri (February - March)
Sivaratri, is one of the pre-historic festivals celebrated all over
India 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 (April - May)
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 (August - September)
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 th entire country
including Andhra Pradesh. This festival is dedicated to the goddess of
wealth, Lakshmi. It is celebrated by decorating house with lights and
¤ Moharrum (April)
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.
¤ State Festivals
Andhra Pradesh Tourism conducts four festivals every year. These
festivals help the thriving tourism in the state.
¤ Deccan Festival (February)
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 (December)
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.
¤ Utsav (January)
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 (October)
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.