Andhra Pardesh is one of the oldest
state of India and was created by combining the old princely state of
Hyderabad with the Telgu-speaking portions of the former state of Madras.
Andhra Pradesh has traditional way of celebrating Diwali that is organized
and celebrated throughout the state. The festival of light is celebrated in
Andhra Pradesh together with other places of the country. It is a festival
that revolves around Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. During the festival the
whole country explodes into color and noise.
Whereas in the North, Diwali is celebrated in the evening with crackers and
diyas, in Andhra Pradesh, the festival starts early in the morning. People
of Andhra Pradesh celebrate the Diwali festival by visiting temples and
offering poojas. Night skies are filled with fire scintillations and homes
are decorated with lamps and joy filled the faces of people as they enjoy
fireworks. In Hydrabad, there is a tradition of giving bath to the
buffaloes, on the day of Diwali. There is also a custom of decorating paper
Festivities cut across boundaries to move on from small villages to the big
towns, for almost a month before Deepawali. Sales of expensive silk saris,
jewelery and ornaments, household goods go up. From the poor to the rich,
everyone indulges in shopping for the biggest shopping spree of the year.
Sweets, which are an integral part of any festival in Andhra Pradesh, are
prepared in homes as well as bought from shops for exchange. This festival
is full of messages depicting one or more aspects of human life,
relationships or ancient traditions.