Celebrate nature, life and love at the Bathukamma Festival of Flowers

Published on 13 September 2017

Bathukumma Flower Festival 2017

Celebrate nature, life and love at the Bathukamma Festival of Flowers

Savour the cultural delights of India with fabulous music and dance at this year’s Bathukamma Festival of Flowers, running on Saturday 23 September.

Now in its 5th year, the Festival hails from India and honours nature and its offerings. More than 2,000 local Melbourne Indian Telugu Telangana people, including both locals and visitors, are expected to attend the Festival.

Organiser and President of the Melbourne Telangana Forum, Praveen Kumar Thopucherla said:  “Bathukamma is a nine-day festival celebrated by Hindu Women of the Telangana State in India with exotic flowers of the region. The Bathukamma is made from different types of flowers which are known to have medicinal values. Women gather in a large circle around the flowers and sing songs by making rounds around them repeatedly, building a beautiful human circle of unity, love, sisterhood.”

The Festival will grace Braybrook’s RecWest and treat festival-goers to traditional music and dance, Indian games, children’s entertainment and talks by Indian Dance Groups and community speakers.

Bathukamma Festival of Flowers
Saturday 23 September 2017
RecWest Recreation Centre, 39 Lily St, Braybrook
Website: www.festivalcity.com.au / www.melbournetelanganaforum.com

A word from the Mayor, Cr Catherine Cumming:

“Here in the City of Maribyrnong, we are very proud of our richly diverse community and warmly welcome cultural festivals from overseas to our streets.

“These traditions greatly enhance the fabric of our city and Festivals such as Bathukamma provide the opportunity for these communities to share their rich history and customs, in turn, promoting inclusion, understanding and respect across cultures.

“Please join us in celebrating Bathukamma and enjoy the vibrant, joyful culture and performances the Indian community is renowned for.

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