Bonalu celebrations in 2020 will begin on 28 June, Sunday, and will go on for several days, ending on 19 July, Sunday. It was declared as the official state festival of Telangana in 2014.
Bonalu an annual festival that is celebrated in the state of Telangana, especially in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. It is celebrated in honor of the Goddess Mahakali, who is considered to be the goddess of death and time.
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|Bonalu||Begins on Sunday, 28 June 2020 Ends on Sunday, 19 July||Telangana|
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The word ‘'bonalu’' means ‘'feast’' in Telugu showing the importance that food plays in the festivities, where special delicacies are prepared as offerings for the Goddess. The goddess is worshiped in different forms and specific rituals, or ‘'poojas’' are conducted to appease Her.
The origin of the festival dates back to the 19th century when the region that is today Hyderabad and Secunderabad underwent the outbreak of a deadly plague. The residents of the two cities started praying to the Goddess to deliver them from the plague with special offerings. When the plague finally stopped, they devoted themselves to worshipping Her in remembrance of Her grace and mercy, dedicating several days to Her memory every year after that. This is the origin of the festival of Bonalu.
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