- Celebrated on/during: October
Bathukamma celebrates the inherent relationship between earth, water and the human beings. Every year this festival is celebrated as per Satavahana calendar for nine days starting Bhadrapada Purnima (also known as Mahalaya Amavasya or Pitru Amavasya) till Durgashtami, usually in September–October of Gregorian calendar. Bathukamma is a colourful and vibrant festival of Telangana and celebrated by women, with flowers that grow exclusively in each region. This festival is a symbol of Telangana’s cultural identity. Bathukamma is followed by Boddemma, which is a 7-day festival. Boddemma festival that marks the ending of Varsha Ruthu whereas Bathukamma festival indicates the beginning of Sarad or Sharath Ruthu.
Day 1: Angili pula Bathukamma. Day 2: Attukula Bathukamma. Day 3: Muddappappu Bathukamma. Day 4: Nanbiyyam Bathukamma. Day 5: Atla Bathukamma. Day 6: Aligina Bathukamma (alaka Bathukamma). Day 7: Vepakayala Bathukamma. Day 8: Venna muddala Bathukamma. Day 9: Saddula Bathukamma.
Bathukamma comes during the latter half of monsoon, before the onset of winter. The monsoon rains usually brings plenty of water into the freshwater ponds of Telangana and it is also the time when wildflowers bloom in various vibrant colors all across the uncultivated and barren plains of the region. The most abundant of these are the ‘gunuka poolu’ and ‘tangedu poolu’. There are other flowers too like the banti, chemanti, nandi-vardhanam etc. Bathukamma is celebrated by the women folk of Telangana, heralding the beauty of nature in vibrant colors of multitudinous flowers.
- Festive Attires :
Women dress up in the traditional sari combining it with jewels and other accessories.
Teenage Girls wear Langa-Voni/Half-Sarees/Lehenga Choli combining it with jewels in order to bring out the traditional grace of the attire.