Basant Panchami : Festival of celebrating Knowledge and wisdom
6 months ago
After the winter months, India celebrated Basant Panchami, a festival that marks the beginning of spring season. It is also called as Vasant Panchami , Shree Panchami or Festival of Kites too. Vasant means “spring” and Panchami means “the fifth day.”Basant Panchami falls on the fifth day of spring or Magha month according to Hindu calendar. This year, Basant Panchami falls on February 10.
In Hindu community, the festival is dedicated to the Goddess Saraswati who is the goddess of knowledge, learning, intellect, music and art. In different parts of India, it is celebrated differently. In Punjab, it is the Basant festival of kites, it is a harvest festival in Bihar. But all over India it is marked with yellow color. Yellow color signifies the arrival of spring and also the color of mustard flowers that bloom during this season. Basant Panchami is celebrated by a prayer sung in praise of Goddess Saraswati, whose idol is decorated with yellow or white flowers and garlands. Educational institutes organise special functions and cultural activities which are devoted to Goddess Saraswati. Flying kites is popular custom on this day in Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh.