Basant Panchami is a festival of spring that is celebrated throughout India among Hindus and Sikhs at the end of the month of January or in early February. At this festival, people wear bright yellow color clothes which are similar to the color of a mustard flower which heralds the emergence of spring, and the day is marked with music, dance, and kite flying.
Basant Panchami marks the beginning of the change of season which people in all the parts of the world have honored since ancient times. Men wear yellow turbans while women wear yellow saree or tunics over trousers with a yellow scarf. The main meal of the day is yellow rice which cooked especially on the occasion or festival of Basant Panchami.
Basant Panchami is the time for families to get together and spends the day flying kites, listening to music, and to dance. It also a festival that honors the goddess Saraswati who is the symbol of learning, knowledge, and wisdom. Basant Panchami also marks the emergence of the preparation of Holika and Holi which take place forty days later. It is celebrated by people in different ways which depends upon a particular region. Many families mark this day by sitting with the babies and young children, encourage them to write their first word with their fingers, some study, and create music. The day before the festival of Basant Panchami, goddess Saraswati temples are filled with lots of food. In the temples and educational institutions, the goddess Saraswati is dressed in yellow clothes and worshipped. Some educational institutions arrange special prayers in the morning time to seek the blessing of the goddess Saraswati. Poetic and musical gatherings are held in some of the communities in reference to Goddess Saraswati.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BASANT PANCHAMI FESTIVAL
It is considered a big festival in Hindu culture. The day is considered to be auspicious to start a new work, to get marry and perform a housewarming ceremony. The color yellow signifies peace, prosperity, light, energy, and optimism. In Bengal and Bihar goddess Saraswati is offered boondi and ladoo sweets. The idol of Maa Saraswati is immersed in the holy water of River Ganga.
BASANT PANCHAMI 2021 DATE
Basant Panchami will be celebrate on Tuesday, 16 February 2021.
The puja in which goddess Saraswati is worshipped who is a goddess of knowledge, wisdom, and learning. The mention of the Saraswati goddess is in Rigveda. She has remained important till today in modern times in Hindu culture. Saraswati goddess has many avatars and its puja is performed with complete rituals.
SARASWATI PUJA 2020
Saraswati puja in the year 2020 is being observed in the month of January and the date is 29th. As per the Hindu calendar, the festival can be celebrated from 10:45 am to 1:00 pm on January 30th. There are various steps provided for performing the puja which includes cleaning the house, to place the goddess idol in the puja area, putting the yellow cloth around the idol, light the diyas and incense sticks, offer yellow flowers, rice, bhog, recite mantras and Saraswati Arti.
Basant Panchami 2021 will be celebrated in the month of February on the 16th. Saraswati puja is also performed on this day only. The celebration takes place when the Panchami tithi prevails in the first half of the day which is between sunrise and midday. Its celebration is focused on the Hindu goddess Saraswati which is considered to be the goddess of wisdom. She includes the different facets of learning such as science, arts, craft, and skills. She is known to be calm and contented. She is often seen sitting on a peacock or lotus and wearing a white dress.
The Basant Panchami festival is celebrated in almost every state of India. It is widely celebrated among Sikh and Hindu culture people. The festival marks the beginning of the spring season and people wear yellow clothes, cook yellow rice and enjoy with their families and friends. Goddess Saraswati is also worshipped. It is also the festival of kites. It is considered to be an auspicious day and is considered to be a big festival in Hindu culture.
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