Fresh, gentle breeze replaces the chilling cold with a touch of rejuvenation in the air and blossoming landscapes in 50 shades of yellow, welcoming the beautiful spring.
Basant Panchami is a festival full of religious and seasonal significance and is celebrated by people all across India with enthusiasm and optimism. “Basant Panchami’ has a specific meaning. ‘Basant’ means ‘spring’ and ‘Panchami’ means ‘the fifth day’. The festival indicates the coming of the spring season. Basant Panchami is celebrated every year on the 5th day or ‘Panchami’ in the month of ‘Magha’ which falls during January – February. The festival of Basant Panchami is also associated with Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, education, arts, culture and music. It is believed that, on this day, Goddess Saraswati was born. People celebrate the festival with great fervor in temples, homes, schools and colleges.
The day is celebrated as Saraswati Puja primarily in the eastern parts of India and as the Basant Festival of kites in the Punjab region. The colour yellow holds great significance in the festival as it is related to the bloom of mustard flowers during this period. The colour symbolizes prosperity, light, energy and optimism. It is also considered auspicious to start education of the new learners on this day. This year, Basant Panchami will be celebrated on 24th January.
- Celebrants wear yellow coloured clothes, Goddess Saraswati is worshipped in a yellow dress and sweet saffron rice and yellow sweets like kesar halwa, boondi laddoo, etc. are prepared and distributed.
- On the day of Basant Panchami, a log with a figure of ‘Holika’ is placed in a public place. Over the next 40 days, devotees add twigs etc. to form a pyre, which is lit on Holi.
- Kite flying is also associated with the festival of Basant Panchami.
- Colourful fairs, Saraswati Puja, traditional dances, etc. are also organized to celebrate this festival.
Celebrate the festival of Basant Panchami with your children, by following few of the tips given below:
- Dress your children in yellow coloured dresses and explain to them the significance of the colour on this day.
- Take your children to the temple and worship Goddess Saraswati.
- Encourage your children to participate in kite-flying activities.
- Cook traditional yellow dishes and tell your children about the festival.
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