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India is a home to festivals - along with the diverse population, it has diverse festivals as well, and Hyderabad being a culturally rich city is no behind in celebrating the festivals with liveliness and enthusiasm.

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Ganesha Chaturthi

Also known as the Ganesha Festival, Ganesha Chaturthi marks the day in which Lord Ganesha, is believed to grant his presence for all the devotees.

In the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on the month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chathurti, also known as the fourth day of the waxing moon period. In Gregorian calendars, it typically falls between the 20th of August and the 15th of September, and lasts for ten days. During the festival, idols of the god Ganesha are installed in colorfully decorated homes and temporarily erected structures. After the tenth day, they are immersed in holy water. This represents the cycle of creation and dissolution in nature.

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Ganesha Chaturthi

Also known as the Ganesha Festival, Ganesha Chaturthi marks the day in which Lord Ganesha, the son of the Hindu deities Shiva and Parvati, is believed to grant his presence for all the devotees on Earth. In the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on the month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chathurti, also known as the fourth day of the waxing moon period.

In Gregorian calendars, it typically falls between the 20th of August and the 15th of September, and lasts for ten days. During the festival, idols of the god Ganesha are installed in colorfully decorated homes and temporarily erected structures. After the tenth day, they are immersed in holy water. This represents the cycle of creation and dissolution in nature.

Bakrid

Celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and religious fervor. Prayers are offered in the mosques and in iddgahs on the auspicious day of Bakrid.

Meeralam and Madannapet iddgahs are some of the famous iddgahs in the twin cities, where special prayers are offered during the festivals of Ramzan and Bakrid. Thousands gather near Charminar to offer id prayers in Mecca Masjid, and the entire area from Madina circle to Mecca Masjid is cordoned off during the prayer time. Muslims wear new clothes and apply itr (perfume) and soorma on the eve of Bakrid as a part of their ritual.

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Bakrid

Celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and religious fervor. Prayers are offered in the mosques and in iddgahs on the auspicious day of Bakrid. Meeralam and Madannapet iddgahs are some of the famous iddgahs in the twin cities, where special prayers are offered during the festivals of Ramzan and Bakrid.

Thousands gather near Charminar to offer id prayers in Mecca Masjid, and the entire area from Madina circle to Mecca Masjid is cordoned off during the prayer time. Muslims wear new clothes and apply itr (perfume) and soorma on the eve of Bakrid as a part of their ritual.

EID

Marking the end of Ramadan, Eid-al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr, Eid ul-Fitr, Id-Ul-Fitr, Eid) is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal which is celebrated by attending communal prayers.

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EID

Marking the end of Ramadan, Eid-al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr, Eid ul-Fitr, Id-Ul-Fitr, Eid) is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal which is celebrated by attending communal prayers.

The festival of Eid includes activities like listening to khutba (sermon) and givezakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food).

Dussehra & Diwali

Another festival that signifies the triumph of good over evil is Dussehra which celebrates the death of the demon king Ravana by the hands of Lord Rama.

The celebration lasts ten days, with the first nine days spent in the worship of the Godden Durga, and the tenth being the slaying of the demon lord. The festival is also associated with the festival of Bathkamma, a floral festival full of colours where women dress in their finest and arrange flowers in colorful pyramids. Celebrated as the “Festival of Lights”, the Diwali is celebrated not just in Hyderabad but throughout the country. The festival occurs for five days, on the new moon between October 13 and November 14. It is celebrated as the homecoming of Lord Rama after a 14-year exile. During the festival celebration, lights as well as firecrackers are lighted with an exchange of gifts among loved ones.

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Dussehra & Diwali

Another festival that signifies the triumph of good over evil is Dussehra where the people celebrate the death of the demon king Ravana by the hands of Lord Rama. The celebration lasts ten days, with the first nine days spent in the worship of the Godden Durga, and the tenth being the slaying of the demon lord. The festival is also associated with the festival of Bathkamma, a floral festival full of colours where women dress in their finest and arrange flowers in colorful pyramids.

Celebrated as the “Festival of Lights”, the Diwali is celebrated not just in Hyderabad but throughout the country. The festival occurs for five days, on the new moon between October 13 and November 14. It is celebrated as the homecoming of Lord Rama after a 14-year exile. During the festival celebration, lights as well as firecrackers are lighted with an exchange of gifts among loved ones.

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