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Vasant Panchami

February 10

Vasant Panchami, is also spelled as Basant Panchami, and is a festival that marks the arrival of spring, celebrated by people in various ways depending on the region. Vasant Panchami also marks the start of preparation for Holi, festival which occurs forty days later.
Vasant Panchami is the festival dedicated to Goddess Saraswati who is the Goddess of knowledge, language, music and all arts. She is the energy of Brahma, and she symbolizes creative energy and power in all its forms.
The festival is celebrated by Hindus in India and also in Nepal on the fifth day (Panchami Tithi) of the Hindu month ‘Magh’ –here Vasant stands for spring and ‘Panchami’ for ‘the fifth day’. The day is celebrated as ‘Saraswati Puja’ where people pray to Goddess Saraswati – Goddess of knowledge. Vasant Panchami, also called Saraswati Puja, or the Festival of Kites It is celebrated by the Hindus as well as the Sikh community. The whole place bursts with yellow during the festival. Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja are being celebrated across India with devotees worshipping the goddess of wisdom and learning Goddess Saraswati. … Wear yellow clothes to symbolize the significance of the color in the festival.
Vasant Panchami is celebrated every year on the fifth day of Hindu lunar -solar calendar month of Magha, … On the island of Bali and the Hindus of Indonesia, it is known as “Hari Raya Saraswati” (great day of Saraswati)
Goddess Saraswati – the deity of knowledge, music, arts, science and technology – was born on this day and people worship her to achieve wisdom. Lord Brahma created the universe on this day only. This festival is celebrated in north India with full glee and delight.
As per another Basant Panchami story, God Rama ate half tasted grapes of Mata Shabari on Basant Panchami. The day of Basant Panchami is considered as the beginning of life. This day is the day of arrival of happiness. The season of spring is the season of rebirth and renewal. In this season, fields of yellow mustard charm everyone’s heart. Therefore, it is also considered auspicious by many to wear yellow on Basant Panchami.
Basant Panchami as an auspicious day to begin good work. In India, the festival is celebrated mostly in northern states of Punjab and Bihar, where people celebrate it as a festival of kites. In Rajasthan, people wear jasmine garlands on the day of the festival. Although there is no special time to perform Saraswati Puja on Basant Panchami day, most of the people perform Saraswati Puja during Purvahna Kala – the time between the sunrise and the midday. During Saraswati Puja, the goddess is dressed in yellow and flowers and sweets of the same color are offered to her.
Feel free to contact us at Bharat Marg for any questions regarding this function. We will do our best to clarify things for you. Lets celebrate our functions with full zeal in a way our kids can learn from it too.. Jai Sia Ram !!

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February 10