Telangana’s floral competition Bathukamma will probably be celebrated in eight nations this 12 months in an initiative by a non-profit organisation, Telangana Jagruthi, led by Kalvakuntla Kavitha, a member of the state’s Legislative Council.
The competition, to be celebrated from September 25 to October 3 this 12 months, pays respects to nature by making giant stacks of flowers, known as Bathukamma. It received international consideration final 12 months after it was showcased on a display at Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest constructing, in Dubai.
Today, MLC Kavitha, daughter of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, launched the posters for the worldwide Bathukamma celebrations.
“The festival espouses the philosophy of ‘what comes from nature goes into nature’,” says the organisation’s web site.
It explains, “Bathukamma — the word is a conjugation of ‘Bathuku’ (life) and ‘Amma’ (mother)… Hence, the protector of life and its journey is personified as the mother,”
The NGO began organising the competition with teams of ladies throughout the Telangana area, it says. “These groups of women would come together and prepare ornate stacks or mounds using flowers… locally grown in the Telangana… During the days of the festival celebrations, people worship various gods and goddesses,” says the NGO on its web site, “The first outcome of a such a festival is the feeling of unity in womanhood.”
The competition is widely known for 9 days throughout Navratris — this time is taken into account auspicious in Hindu and different traditions — when the crop season modifications.
“The significance of this timing is that by this time of the year, the otherwise usually semi-arid region of Telangana receives rainfall, which renders the landscape lush and green… The re-invigorated landscape, the prospect of prosperity to the farmers, sufficiency of the food and water, all combine to imbue the people with a festive and joyous disposition,” says Telangana Jagruthi.