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Basant Utsav

(Basant Utsav is also known as Vasathotsav)
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Basant Utsav or Vasathotsav is a festival celebrated to usher in the season of spring. The festival literally means ‘the celebration of spring’, and it was initially started by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in Shanthiniketan the university that he founded in West Bengal. The festival is no way different from Holi, which is also another festival carrying the same purpose; however, Basant Utsav is touted to be celebrated more gracefully and with elegance. The festival is usually celebrated during the month of March, and it has become an integral part of the culture of West Bengal.

Traditions


During the Basant Utsav, boys and girls all decked in yellow (the colour depicting ‘Basanti’ or spring) sing, dance and welcome spring with fervour and zeal. Students of the Vishwabharathi University organize and perform several artistic and cultural programs during the festival, such as music concerts and dance recitals.

Over the course of the day, students and teachers smear colour (or popularly known as ‘Abeer’ or ‘Abhor’) on each other as they herald the onset of spring. Visitors are given a warm welcome and asked to join the festival and make merry.The people smear and colour themselves, welcoming spring and celebrating with joy and hope. The festival has become an integral part of the state of West Bengal, and it is a very important festival for all.

Tourist Essential


Tourists are given a very warm welcome and requested to join in the festivities. They can also feast their eyes on several enchanting dance performances and music recitals. Apart from the joyof celebrating in the festivities, the tourists can also learn more about the importance of the season of spring and the traditions involved in welcoming the season with open arms.The state of West Bengal also offers a host of sights that tourists must pay a visit, and therefore, they can plan a trip to coincide with festival and make merry.

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