Hyderabad has traditional, religious and state festivals organized and celebrated in the city. These festivals are full of messages depicting one or more aspects of human life, relationships or ancient traditions. Many of these festivals such as Deepavali, Dasara, Mohurrum, Shivratri, etc. are celebrated nation wide. Some of the popular festivals are briefed below.
the deccan festival highlights Hyderabad's arts, crafts, culture and cusine. Cultural programs, food stalls arts and craft shops etc. are also organized. Deccan Festival is a much sought after festival that goes on for five days. In Hyderabad, it is organised at Qutub Shahi Tombs. The arts, crafts, dance, music and cuisines of the state are showcased during this festival. A handicraft fair is also organised during this festival.
This festival is organized to celebrate the Buddhist Heritage of Andra Pradesh. The festival is celebrated in Nagarjunasagar and Hyderabad for three days from 2nd Friday of December every year. The tourism department of Andhra Pradesh is conducting and organizing this festival. Nagarjunasagar Dam is the venue where this festival is conducted. The entire dam is illuminated during the festival. This festival attracts tourists from all over the world in large numbers to get a feel of the Buddhism way of life.
This harvest festival is celebrated for 3 days in Mid January. The first day is Bhogi that is spent with gaiety. The second day is Sankranthi when the sun enters the Makara Rasi (the zodiac sign of Capricorn). Traditionally this period is considered an auspicious day. Many families arrange a doll show and invite their friends and give alms to the poor. The third day is Kanuma. The Community being agrarian, they acknowledge their gratitude to the part taking of the animals. They decorate the bulls, conduct games including cockfights, bullfights and ram fights. Rich and poor alike will have a good time.
It is one of the pre-historic festivals celebrated all over India in Februaruy/March. It is a religious festival devoted to Lord Shiva, the Destroyer. The devotees dedicate the entire day to the worship of Lord Shiva. During the night people remain awake, go to the temple and listen to the Vedic recitals and their meanings.
This native New Year comes soon after the celebration of 'holy' in April-May. Spring is considered as the first season of this native New Year of Andra. On this auspicious day, new clothes are worn by the people, houses are decorated, and sweets are made. The special and most popular sweet cooked on this day is Bhakshya or Purampoli.
The festival of light is celebrated in Andra Pradesh together with other places of the country. It is a festival that revolves around Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. During the festival the whole country explodes into colour and noise.
The day when Lord Ganesh or Vinayak was born (created) is celebrated as Vinayak Chaturthi. The day is celebrated with devotion and enthusiasm throughout the country. Every year the largest Ganesh idol is installed at Khairatabad in Hyderabad that is taller than thirty feet. On the 11th day of celebration, processions converge at Hussain Sager Lake. The ten-day Ganesh festival concludes with the immersion of Ganesh idols in the lake.
Moharrum is celebrated in Hyderabad and is as popular as Dasara in Mysore. Muslims also celebrate Milad-un-Nabi with assemblies held at Mecca Masjid and at Dar-us-Salaam.