Basant Panchami

What Is Basant Panchami

This festival is celebrated every year on the fifth day (Panchami) of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of the month of Magha, which falls during the Gregorian period of January-February. Basant Panchami is celebrated to honor the Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of learning who bequeaths the greatest wealth to humanity, the wealth of knowledge.

The word “Vasant” comes from the word “spring,”  as this festival heralds the beginning of the spring season.

The four arms of Goddess Saraswati represent the four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness, and ego. She rides on a white goose (swan). The swan is known for its peculiar characteristic of separating water from milk, indicating that one should possess clear vision and knowledge to discriminate between good and evil.

People wear yellow clothes, offer yellow flowers to Goddess and put a yellow, turmeric tilak on their forehead. ‘Yellow’ is the dominant color of this festival as it signifies the ripening of fruits and crops. They visit temples and offer prayers to various gods. New clothes are purchased for this festival and many delicious dishes prepared for this particular occasion.
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