Festivals of Andhra Pradesh:
Festivals of Andhra Pradesh has a rich culture and heritage. The celebration of the festivals entitles us the purpose of life in the society. The festivals reflect the beauty and attraction of celebrations. Some festivals celebrate religious purpose and some organized by the government of Andhra Pradesh.
This is one of the famous religious festivals of Hindus and celebrated in January every year. Especially, this festival celebrates as the harvest festival in the villages. During this festival, the devotees offered to cattle and Mother of naturals for the support in the growing of crops. Pongal celebrates for four days. The first-day Bhogi Pongal, second day Surya Pongal, third-day Mattu Pongal and Kaanum Pongal. On the festival day, the devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi and cook sweet rice called Pongal.
Telugu people celebrate this festival as Telugu New Year. Generally, Ugadi falls in the month of April. The day is very auspicious to the Telugu Language People. They wear new clothes and decorate their houses in the colourful crafts. People prepare special dishes and distribute the sweets to their relatives and neighbours. The households hang the festoons with Mango leaves and hang over the entrance doors. Especially this festival is famous for UGADI CHETNI, which made with six different tastes based materials and eat it in the early hours of the day.
Ganesh Or Vinayaka Chaturthi
This is very important festival celebrated with great pomp. Devotees celebrate this festival to honouring Lord Ganesha, who remove the obstacles in every one life. This festival celebrates ten days and the festival falls in the month of August or September. The devotees prepare the delicious dishes like Payasam, Garelu and some other. The Idol of Ganesha decorated with fruits, leaves, flowers, sandal paste and sit before God Ganesha and chant the mantras praising him. In the morning of the next day, the clay idol immerses into a lake or rivers.
This festival celebrates by the arts and crafts society, Hyderabad. The festival celebrates on second Friday, Saturday and Sunday of every year April. This celebration continues for five days and exhibits the artists their arts, crafts and various food items to show the richness of Hyderabad.
This is the Buddhist festival celebrated in Hyderabad and Nagarjuna Sagar for three days. The festival falls in the month December every year. Andhra Pradesh tourism department celebrates this festival in the memory of Lord Buddha. Once Buddhism was a major religion in Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra Pradesh government organised this festival. This is a four-day long festival and celebrations reflects the strong bondage among the people in Andhra Pradesh. Many traditional crafts, garments and flowers exhibit during these celebrations.