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Basant Panchami

(Basant Panchami is also known as Saraswati Puja)
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Basant Panchami is also referred to as Shree Panchami. It is a Hindu festival in which devotees worship Saraswati, the Goddess of art, knowledge and music. The festival is celebrated every fifth day in the month of Maagh each year. According to Hindu beliefs and traditions, children are taught to write their first words, Brahmins are fed and Kamadeva (God of Love) and ancestors are worshipped; many educational institutions in the country organize prayers and celebrations for Goddess Saraswati.

Yellow colors play an important role in the festival as people generally wear yellow garments during the festival and consume yellow sweets. Goddess Saraswati is the consort of the creator Lord Brahma. Her expression is always calm and serene; she sits on a white lotus wearing a white silk sari. She has four hands that represent intellect, mind, ego and alertness; these are the four aspects of the human personality. Devotees worship her in temples by keeping books beneath her idol. The most famous Saraswati temple in India is located in the city of Shringeri in Karnataka.

Traditions


Basant Panchami is celebrated with much aplomb in the states of Punjab and Haryana. It’s celebrated to welcome the spring season or the ‘Basant Ritu’. The fields are in full bloom and look beautiful, especially the mustard fields. Kite flying is a major event during this festival, and it is celebrated with a lot of zeal. Preparation of this event starts days before the actual festival. Delicious dishes and sweets are prepared during this festival and new clothes are worn. In Haryana, dishes like sweet yellow rice garnished with saffron are specially prepared for this festival.

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As yellow is the color of the festival; ladies wear yellow saris, people eat yellow sweets and kites are mostly made of yellow papers. Some people use search lights to fly kites at night. All the family members gather at the same place during the festival and indulge in merrymaking and praying.

Kite flying competitions are held and people stand on their rooftops or any free space and fly kites. You can find many designer kites displayed at the venue.

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