Sadar Festival is a buffalo carnival celebrated during Diwali by the Yadav Community of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. It is also known as Dunnapothula Panduga and it occurs on the second day after Diwali. In 2012, Sadar Festival date is November 15.
On this day, the buffaloes are washed and colourfully decorated with garlands of flowers. The horns are painted and the body is also sometimes painted and colourfully decorated. The buffaloes that take part in this carnival are selected from amongst many in the herd and then it is trained for a long time before it is ready to take part in the carnival.
On the day of Sadar, the buffaloes are paraded throught the steets and the crowd that accompanies the carnival dances to the music. The buffaloes are made to rear up on their hind legs and the ones that reach the maximum height and perform the act perfectly are awarded for the best display.
According to the ritual, members of the community exhibit the strongest and finest male buffalo that is selected by the head of the family and is taken out for everyone to see. All the buffaloes are displayed to the head of the communifty and the best one brings home a prize, honour and respect of the family.