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Bonalu

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Bonalu is a festival of the Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh. it is especially celebrated in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The word "Bonalu" is derived from "Bhojanalu" meaning food. This one-month long festival is marked by devotional singing and worship to the village deities.

The typical Bonalu meal consists of cooked rice, water, pickles and onion in different types of pots. Usually this battery of pots decorated in sacred colours (White, Yellow and Red). The pots are dedicated to the goddess before they are lifted on to the heads of the women carrying them. It is believed that if a woman puts the pots on her head, she gets possessed by the spirit of the Goddess. Once this happens, she gets into a trance and begins to dance rhythmically. Male dancers with emerald margosa leaves tied around their waists add color to the festivities.

Bonalu is a festival of offering and families share the offerings among their members. The importance of this festival can be gauged from the fact that even the State government performs worship officially during Bonalu. The festival of Bonalu is celebrated in the month of Ashada, which falls in July-August every year. During this time, it is common to see women dressed up in their best saris in the streets of Hyderabad and surrounding areas.




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