It is the most popular of all harvest festivals of Andhra Pradesh that is celebrated from 13-15 January every year. In Telugu Pongal means boiling over and is celebrated for flourishing of the harvest. On this day it is believed that if the milk comes out of the pot while boiling than it signifies the good harvest and material abundance in the house. In earlier times it was the main festival of the farmers but in today's times it is celebrated in the entire state with full flare. Pongal is dedicated to Sun God and the first grain of the new crop is offered to him. On this day rice is cooked in fresh milk and jaggery in the new pot.
One of the famous festivals of Andhra Pradesh, Ugadi is celebrated as the Telugu New Year in the Andhra culture. It falls on different day every year according to Saka calender and is mainly celebrated in the months March-April. The Ugadi means 'the start of an era.' The people of Andhra Pradesh are celebrating this festival since the beginning of the 12th century. The saka calender is changed after every 60 years and marks the beginning of a new day. On this day people presents gifts to their family and friends and prepare the special dishes like Bhakshyalu made of Bengal gram and jaggery.
It is one of the most popular festivals of Andhra Pradesh . It is celebrated to mark the birth of the Lord Ganesha, the god of wisdom. It is celebrated on the fourth day of the lunar month of the Bhadrapada. The celebrations of Ganesh chaturthi goes on for ten days and on the tenth day the idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed in Hussain Sagar Lake. On this day modaks are prepared which is the favorite sweet dish of Ganesh. After the main puja these modaks are distributed as the prasad. There are also many legends associated with this Andhra Pradesh festival.
Beside the religious festivals stated above, the state tourism of Andhra Pradesh also celebrates four state festivals to attract the travelers.
Deccan Festival is celebrated to promote the crafts, arts, culture and cuisines of Hyderabad. It is usually celebrated in the month of Feburary. The main highlight of Deccan festival is the fair of bangles and pearls which is quite popular among the foreign tourists. A food fair is also organized on this day. Different food stalls and arts and crafts shops and the vibrant cultural programs are worth watching.
This festival of Andhra Pradesh marks the Buddhist heritage of the state. It is celebrated in the Nagarjunasagar and Hyderabad. Lumbini is celebrated for three days and starts from the second Friday of December every year. Every year a large number of Buddhist followers come to this state for this festive celebration.
Celebrated on the third day in the month of January, Utsav is the celebration of arts, crafts and cuisines of Visakahapatan. It is a three days fete and attracts travelers from around the world.
Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival
Experience the delicious cuisines of Andhra Pradesh in this festival which is celebrated in the month of October. To watch the traditional dance form of this state visit the Chitoor district where this fete is celebrated.