Vasant Panchami

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    Hindu Community festival, Vasant Panchami celebration with Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of knowledge) sitting on lotus and holding musical instrument (Veena) with swan on floral decorated background.

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    February 12, 2016

    Vasant Panchami

    Last Year (2015) 24th January
    Present Year (2016) 12th February
    Next Year (2017) 1st February

     

    Vasant Panchami or Basant Panchami is a famous Hindu festival celebrated in north India every year, which marks the end of winter and beginning of spring season. In central and eastern part of India, the significance of Vasant Panchami lies in the devotion of Goddess Saraswati, symbol of knowledge and wisdom and celebrated as Saraswati Puja.

     

    When is it celebrated?

    The festival is celebrated on the fifth day of Magh month of the Hindu calendar, which falls  in the months of January or February according to the English Gregorian calendar

    How It Is Celebrated?

    In earlier times this festival was celebrated by organising the grand feast of dancing and singing girls in the honour of Kamadeva (God of love) in his royal palace. But presently this festival is dominated by worshiping the goddess Saraswati .

    On this day young girls wear yellow dresses and take participate in the festivities. The yellow color holds a special meaning on this auspicious day for the celebration which signifies the brilliancy of nature and the vibrancy of life. The whole surrounding bursts with the color yellow during this festival, because people dress yellow and offers yellow flowers and sweets , which are usually the yellowish or saffron color to the Goddesses Saraswati. The yellow colour has a great importance in the celebration of the Vasant Panchami because it is the symbol of blossoming mustard flowers , which attire is worn by the Goddess Saraswati.

    People organized the grand feast and distribute special pastry as a prashad , which is made from flour, cardamom powder, sugar and nuts. This prashad also includes saffron strands that give a vibrant yellow and mild fragrance. During this festival, India’s farmland are filled with the crops of color yellow because of the mustard flowers which starts  blooming during this time. Students worshipped the goddess Saraswati and place their study material near the goddess idols for their blessing because the goddess is considered as an epitome of knowledge and wisdom. So this day is celebrated in all the educational institutions.

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