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Fairs and Festivals

A number of fairs and festivals add color to the life of Andhra's people.

Car Festival of Vanamalleswara Swami (January - February)

Maddikera is situated to the extreme south of Pattikonda Taluk and is a railway station on the Guntakal-Vijayawada section of the South Central Railway. 'Maddikera' derived its name from the temple of 'Maddamma'. The car festival of Vanamalleswaraswamy conducted during January-February attracts a large congregation of about 10,000 devotees.

Deccan Festival / Hyderabad Festival (January)

This festival brings the choicest talent from the field of Music, Dance and Theatre. Ghazals, Mushairas, Qawwalis, Classical dances and Music. Reverberate in the air of Hyderabad. Pearls and Bangles Fair is a part of this festival.

Visaka Utsav (January)
'Visakha Utsav' is organised by A.P. Tourism every year from the third Friday to Sunday of January. The Visakha Utsav is organised to bring together a kaleidoscope of brilliant hues.

Makara Sakranti (January)

SANKRANTI is an important festival for Telugus and people in rural Andhra look forward to this harvest festival, which has different attractions for different people. With crops harvested people have both money and leisure to make merry with.

Pongal (January)

Pongal, a harvest festival, is celebrated from the 13th to the 15th of January. Pongal literally means "boiling over" and celebrates the bounteous crops in the fields. Pongal was originally a festival for the farming community, but today it has become one of South India's most popular festivals.

Ugadi (March-April)

Ugadi is the Telugu New Year day. It is specially associated with Pacchadi (chutney) in telugu. The chutney is prepared with tender flowers of neem, jaggery or sugar & new tamarind. The whole family has to eat the chutney.

Mahasivarathri (March)

Mahasivarathri means the great night of Siva. It is believed that Lord Siva was born in the form of a lingam on the night of Krishna Chaturdasi (14th day of the dark fortnight).

Vinayaka Chaturthi /Ganesh Chaturthi (August - September)

Ganesha Chaturthi is one of the most popular Hindu festivals. This is the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It is the day most sacred to Lord Ganesha and falls on the 4th day of the bright fortnight of 'Bhadrapada'.

Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival in October at Tirupati
Lumbini Festival (December)

Lumbini festival is organized from the 2nd Friday to Sunday of December every year at Hyderabad and Nagarjunasagar to highlight.

Bathkamma is special to the Telangana region. In the month long festival, Goddess Bathkamma's idol is worshipped and is made to float on the rivers and lakes.

Hindu festivals such as Dusshera, Deepavali, Sri Ram Navami, Krishna Janmashtami, Vinayaka Chavithi or Ganesh Chaturthi and Maha Shivratri, Muslim festivals such as Bakr Id and Id-ul-Fitr and Christian festivals like Christmas, Easter and New Year's Day are also celebrated with gaiety.