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Vasant Panchami | Basant Panchami | Why is it celebrated?

Vasant Panchami | Basant Panchami

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India is a land of numerous festivals which start as soon as the new year begins. Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal etc have already passed before January could end  and now its time for Vasant Panchami. 

Vasant Panchami, also spelled as Basant Panchami, is a hindu spring festival observed on the fifth day of the Indian traditional calendar month of Magha, which typically falls in January or February.

Why is it celebrated?

For many Hindus, Vasant Panchami is the festival dedicated to goddess Saraswati.

It also reflects the agricultural fields which ripen with yellow flowers of mustard.

Vasant Panchami welcomes spring and is particularly observed in the North, central and western part of India and Nepal.

How is it celebrated?

Many people wear yellow clothes similar to yellow mustard fields to celebrate this festival.

Yellow colour is associated with goddess Saraswati.

Prayers are conducted in temples as well as schools. People seek blessings of the goddess Saraswati.

In many places, kite flying is also done to celebrate Vasant Panchami. This is primarily in Punjab region.

This festival also marks the beginning of Holika dehan or Holi, which is celebrated 40 days after.

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