Basant Panchami, also known as Saraswati Puja is the celebration of the arrival of the spring festival. Basant Panchami is a festival that marks the beginning of preparations for the King of all Seasons, Spring. It is celebrated by people in various ways depending on the region. Vasant Panchami also marks the start of preparation for holiday and Holi which occurs forty days later. This year, Basant Panchami will be celebrated on January 30.
Vasant panchmi is the festival dedicated to goddess Saraswati who is their goddess of knowledge, language, music and all arts. The season and festival also celebrates the agricultural fields’ ripening with yellow flowers of mustard crop, which Hindus associate with Saraswati’s favourite colour. In this day People wear bright yellow clothes and offer yellow flowers to Goddess Saraswati.
Many families mark this day by sitting with babies and young children, encouraging their children to write their first words with their fingers, and some study or create music together. The day before Vasant Panchami, Saraswati’s temples are filled with food so that she can join the celebrants in the traditional feasting the following morning. In temples and educational institutions, statues of Saraswati are dressed in yellow and worshiped.
May the revered occasion of Basant Panchami, bring the wealth of knowledge to you, may you be blessed by Goddess Saraswati… and all your wishes come true. Happy Basant Panchami 🙏