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Andhra Pradesh includes a long procession of festivals. Color, gaiety, enthusiasm, feasts and a variety of prayers and rituals characterize festivities here. The state is famous for celebrating festival of every region and religion with equal pomp and gaiety. Be it the age-old traditional Hindu festivals or the Muslim festivity of brotherhood or Christmas the diversity of the state is manifested in its people, languages, religions and cultures.

Brahmotsavam at TirupatiFairs
Fairs are a part of a living heritage in Andhra Pradesh. These are events that are awaited throughout the year and careful planning goes into them, which offers a thrilling experience to one's travel. In Andhra Pradesh many temple fairs are organised, of which the Brahmotsavam at Tirupati and the Sri Rama Navami Festival at Bhadrachalam are very popular. Devotees in large numbers attend these fairs. Andhra Pradesh Tourism organizes fairs like the Lumbini Fair, Vishaka Utsav, Deccan Festival etc. that bring together the arts, crafts and cuisine of the various regions of the state.

Fairs & Festivals in Andhra Pradesh

Lumbini Festival
Location: Nagarjunasagar, Hyderabad
Month: 2nd Friday Of December

Lumbini festival highlights the 'Buddhist Heritage' of Andhra Pradesh. It is an excellent opportunity to discover the heritage that takes you back 2000 years in time.

Visakha UtsavVisakha Utsav
Location: Visakhapatnam
Timing: Third Friday to Saturday of January

Visakha Utsav is organised for three days in Vishakhapatnam. It is the festival special for 'Vizagites', in the cold month of January. The festival is organized to bring together the arts, crafts and cuisine of Vishakhapatnam district Visakha Festival comprises of a variety of cultural programmes, sport events, food fair, exhibitions, fashion shows, etc.

Urs of Hazrat Ali
Location: 120-kms From Hyderabad
Held: Annually
Formerly Known As: Omkaram, Ahankarapattanam
Timing: October - November

Kohir town is situated at a distance of 12-km from Zahirabad and 120-kms from Hyderabad. This place was originally called as "Omkaram" and "Ahankarapattanam", but was changed into "Kohir" during the rule of the Muslims. There is a famous Dargah of Hazrat Ali and the 'Urs' of the saint are held annually over here during the months of October - November and is attended by about 5,000 devotees.

Qutub Shahi TombDeccan Festival
Location: Hyderabad
Month: February
Duration: Five Days

Deccan Festival is held at Qutub Shahi Tombs Hyderabad on Second Friday, Saturday & Sunday of April every year. This festival brings the choicest talent from the field of Music, Dance and Theatre incliding the Ghazals, Mushairas, Qawwalis, Classical dances and Music. Various renowned singers and dancers are invited for performances and every tourist visiting this place in February must view it. The Deccan Festival essentially mirrors the glorious Qutub Shahi epoch.

This Deccan festival also includes the Pearls and Bangles Fair. Hyderabad is also known as "The city of Pearls" since the Hyderabad pearls have been cherished and famed for their quality and luster since times immemorial. This festival celebrates the spirit of this heritage - Pearls and Bangles fair, displaying creations in lustrous pearls and multi-hued bangles that are local specialties, and a Food Fair, with items covering both Andhra and Hyderabadi cuisine. Cultural programs, food stalls, arts and craft shops etc. are well organized.

Entrance of ShilparamamAll India Festival Of Arts & Crafts At Shilparamam
Location: 14-km From Hyderabad
Month: December
Significance: Exhibits Arts And Crafts From All Parts Of The Country

Shilparamam is a Crafts Village set amidst lovely rocks, rippling waterfalls and gorgeous lawns, about 14-km from Hyderabad. Shilparamam plays host to myriad traditions of arts and crafts of India. It has become internationally famous for the Annual Crafts Festival that is being organised in the first two weeks of March every year since 1995.

During these Festivals, crafts persons from across the country come here to display their exclusive creations. Here buyers' come and pick up objects directly from the makers with out having to deal with middlemen. While the first such Arts and Crafts festival attracted people in tens of thousands the festival now attracts hundreds of thousands of people every day. Crafts people from all over the country sell their creations.


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