Kuwait [Middle East], Oct 13 : Telangana MP K. Kavitha on Thursday celebrated 'Bathukamma' festival in Kuwait as she took the state festival to international platform.
She has been participating in Bathukamma celebrations across various global destinations in a bid to bring together the Telugu community as well as attract foreign investors for the state.
She has already held celebrations in Dubai, the U.K., the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. This festival is a symbol of Telangana's cultural identity and celebrated during the latter half of monsoon and before the onset of winter.
The festival celebrates the inherent relationship between earth, water and the human beings. During the entire preceding week, women make 'Boddemma' (a deity of Gowri - mother Durga - made with earthly mud) along with 'Bathukamma' (flower stack, arranged with different unique seasonal flowers most of them with medicinal values) and immerse it in a pond.
It is believed that it helps reinforce ponds and retain more water. The flowers used in Bathukamma have a great quality of purifying water and such flowers when immersed in abundance in a pond, it have the effect of cleansing water and making the environment much better.