Fairs And Festivals
Hindu festivals such as Dussehra, Deepavali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Sri Ram Navami, Krishna Janmashtami, and Maha Shivratri are celebrated in the state. Similarly, Muslim festivals such as Bakr Id and Id-ul-Fitr and Christian festivals like Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter are also celebrated with gaiety. However, the celebrations of Sankranti (in January) and Ugadi (Telugu New Year's day in March-April) are unique in the state. In the month-long festival, Goddess Bathakamma’s idol is worshipped and is made to float on the rivers and lakes. The annual tourism events include the Visaka Utsav (from the third Friday to Sunday of January). Deccan Festival (on the 25th of February, of which the Pearls and Bangles Fair is a part), Rayalseema Food and Dance Festival (in October, at Tirupati) and Lumbini Festival (from the second Friday to Sunday of December, at Nagarjunasagar and Hyderabad).