Basant Panchami is a Hindu religious festival dedicated to goddess Saraswati. Basant Panchami is celebrated in Magh which come between January and February.
Basant Panchami is also called ‘Vasant Panchami’ or ‘Shree Panchami’.
Basant Panchami is a seasonal festival of a Punjab region is also refereed as a Basant kites festival is Sikh. According to Punjabi calender it is held on the fifth day of lunar month of Magh which is also marks the start of spring and holi season.
In Punjab, young girls and people wear yellow dresses which mean a special for the celebration as it signifies the brilliance of nature and the vibrancy of life and they offers yellow flowers to God and others.
During the festival people prepares a special ‘Kesar Halwa’ which is made from cardamon powder, flour, sugar and nuts. Also includes saffron which gives vibrant yellow colour and mild fragrance.
The goddess Saraswati – honoured as she is the goddess of knowledge, music, arts, science and technology. Pictures and idols of Saraswati, are portayed, as calm and collected often seated on a lotus wearing a white clothing.
In front of goddess Saraswati feet students place pen, notebook, and pencil to be blessed before they are used.
Free Press Journal wishes all its readers – A Happy Spring arrival and ‘Basant Panchami‘.