Celebrations are to take place for the Hindu holiday of Varalakshmi Vratam on Friday, August 9, and for the Muslim holiday of Bakrid (Eid al-Adha), from Sunday, August 11, until Tuesday, August 13, in Hyderabad (Telangana state). The US State Department has issued a warning to avoid the Old City area of Hyderabad in anticipation of demonstrations and civil disturbances throughout the weekend. Hyderabad has large Hindu and Muslim populations, so celebrations for both holidays will likely be widespread throughout the city.
A heightened security presence is expected throughout Hyderabad in the coming days. Transportation disruptions, such as delays, traffic checks, and road closures, as well as commercial disruptions, are also expected.
Individuals in Hyderabad are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all gatherings and demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate localized traffic and commercial disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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