Vasant or Basant Panchmi is the 5th day of the Magha month as per the Hindu calendar. The festival usually occurs between February and March every year, and with that, the beautiful spring season begins. In fact, the name Vasant literally means ‘Spring’ in English, whereas Panchami means the 5th day. This explains the occurrence of Vasant Panchami on this particular day. So why do we celebrate Vasant Panchami and why such a hype about it?
Well, you may know the love Hindus have for Saraswati Maa, and this festival is celebrated to perform rituals in her name. Moreover, the other Hindu festivals like Holi commence after this one, so people start preparing for the events to take place in advance. Cool isn’t it!
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Spring is also regarded as the “King” of all seasons marked by the auspicious day of Basant Panchmi. In addition to this, it is the celebration of the agricultural fields beginning to ripen with beautiful mustard flowers. To make it a cheerful festival, people wear yellow clothes, consume yellow sweets, and adorn their homes. They also offer yellow flowers to the Goddess as yellow is believed to be her favourite colour.
Do You Know? There are 18 harvest festivals celebrated in India throughout the year and Vasant Panchami is one of them.
Saraswati Devi is the epitome of creative energy and is highly revered as the Goddess of wisdom, knowledge, learning, music, and art. In India, many people regard this day as a pious event for their children to start writing their first-ever letters or words. Many grown ups also begin their learning in a creative field.
On this day, devotees worship Saraswati Mata to get her divine blessings of enormous knowledge and come out of lethargy and unawareness. Saraswati puja consists of a ritual wherein education is executed for children. It is also referred to as Vidyarambham or Aksharabhyasam, one of the key rituals of this fest. Most of the schools and colleges organise a puja on their premises to attain the Goddess grace. Astrologers also honour Vasant Panchmi as the day of Abujha, a favourable time to begin all the auspicious tasks.