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Annual Music & Dance Festival: musical recitals and dance performances are given by both students and well known professionals of both disciplines. This popular week-long event is scheduled to begin normally in the last week of the month.

 

Makara Sankranti: The festival is celebrated for three days in the middle of the month January, the Makara Sankranti harvest festival is celebrated by the people of Hyderabad. Day one is known as Bhogi, day two is known as Sankranthi and day three is known as Kanuma. Each day has its own meaning and appropriate religious rites.

 

Kite Festival: kite lovers from across the country and from overseas converge at the city of Hyderabad, enjoying four days of kite-related events including flying contests and best model competitions.

 

Deccan Festival: The celebrations of festival begin on 25 February every year, this festival is a five-day-long affair that celebrates the cultural richness of the city. Music, dance, art and cuisine are presented through a combination of stalls and demonstrations.

 

Shivratri: This nationwide festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is celebrated from February through till March with a variety of religious rites that focus on worshipping the deity.

 

Ugadi: It marks the New Year celebration and is enjoyed as much enthusiasm in Hyderabad as anywhere. Locals decorate the doorways of their houses with fresh mango leaves, buy new clothes for the occasion and enjoy get-togethers with family and friends.

 

Buddha Purnima: Among the most important festivals in the Buddhist calendar, Buddha Purnima, also known as Vesak Day, is a celebration of the Buddha’s birth, a tribute to his achieving of enlightenment and homage to his life.

 

Mrigasira Festival: This somewhat, unusual event sees asthma sufferers numbering in tens of thousands descend upon the city to partake of a special fish preparation which is said to cure the disease.

 

Guru Purnima: It is celebrated across the country and not just in Hyderabad, Guru Purnima is a festival which honours the birthday of Krishna-dwaipayana Vyasa. Locals worship their gurus who are held to be embodiments of the deity.

 

Ganesh Chaturthi: It is also known as Vinayak Chaturthi, this is one of the country’s most important festivals and sees its Hindu population celebrating the birthday of Lord Ganesh. This 10-day event invariably falls towards the end of the month or into September depending on the lunar calendar

 

Diwali: Also known as Deepavali, is a nationwide festival of great importance to the country’s Hindu population. The ‘Festival of Lights’ as it is referred to in English, runs for three days and can fall in November depending on the lunar calendar.

 

Lumbini Festival: the cities of Hyderabad and Nagarjunasagar celebrate the Buddhist heritage of the state of Andhra Pradesh with this three-day festival that focuses on paying homage to Gautama Buddha.