Vasant Panchami Quick Facts
|Vasant Panchami (वसंत पंचमी)
|14 February 2024
|Festival Observed by
|Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Others
History of Vasant Panchami
Basant Panchami or Sripanchami is a famous festival of Hindus. According to the Hindi calendar, the festival of Basant Panchami is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the month of Magh, which marks the preparation for the arrival of spring. According to the English calendar, this festival is celebrated in the month of January-February. This festival is celebrated in different ways in eastern India, northwest Bangladesh, Nepal and many other countries.
The history of Basant Panchami is not presented in the old scriptures and Puranas, but it is an ancient festival that is being celebrated for thousands of years. Devotees worship Goddess Saraswati on this day and pray for her grace and blessings.
Story of Vasant Panchami
Boon of SaraswatiThis story is about a poor boy living in a village who is interested in learning. He is blessed by the grace of Goddess Saraswati on Basant Panchami, which leads to his interest in learning and mastery in the arts.
Papiha's Music: This story is about a Papiha is about. , who enthralls everyone with his melodious music on Basant Panchami. Their music fills the village with joy and enthusiasm and conveys a sense of unity and love for all.
Knowing the magic of colours:
In this story, a little girl attends the school of colors on Basant Panchami. There he discovers the magic of colors and his colorful school turns into a fun and colorful place.Vishnu and Ganesha fight:The story features a contest between Vishnu and Ganesha, where both the gods have to display their arts. This competition is held on the day of Basant Panchami and there all the gods and people praise their arts.
Significance of Vasant Panchami
The significance of Basant Panchami is determined by various aspects:
Basant Puja: The Goddess Saraswati is worshiped on the day of Basant Panchami. Saraswati Devi is considered the goddess of knowledge, art, music and learning. On this day Saraswati Puja is organized in schools, colleges, and universities and worship is performed by the students.
Shubharambh: Basanti Panchami is considered as the day of Shubharambh. New works and projects are started on this day. Traders and industrialists also start new business projects on this day. Children's education also begins on this day, when they are taught to write letters for the first time.
Change of season: Basanti Panchami marks the beginning of spring. From this day the weather changes and winter ends. Green leaves start coming out on trees and plants and flowers start blooming.
Arts and Music: Saraswati Devi is considered the goddess of music and arts. Therefore, enthusiastic artists and musicians attach great importance to it on the day of Basanti Panchami. Artists launch their new works on this day and organize music festivals.
Social Significance: The festival of Basanti Panchami is very important for the society. The festival provides an opportunity for people to come together, strengthen brotherhood and strengthen social bonds.
How to celebrate Vasant Panchami
Basant Panchami is celebrated across India in different ways:-
Saraswati Puja: Goddess Saraswati is worshiped on this day. The idol of Saraswati Mata is installed in schools, colleges and universities and students worship. They are also offered books, art materials, music and musical instruments.
PushpaVijay: On this day Pushp Vijay is organized, in which children and youth shower flowers on each other. Along with this, children are taught to write alphabets.
Literary programs: Literary programs are organized on the day of Basant Panchami. Poet-conference, seminar, poetry recitation, song-singing etc. are included in this.
Vasant Mela: Vasant Mela is organized on Basant Panchami. Various activities, dance, handicrafts and shopping for spring clothes are held here.
Rain of Colours: Basant Panchami is played using different colours. Flowers of green, yellow and pink colors are tied and people play with these colours.
Celebration in schools: Basant Panchami is celebrated in schools in a festive manner. Students and teachers organize games, songs, dances, spring poems, etc. together.
Tradition and customs of Vasant Panchami
There are certain customs that are followed by the people to celebrate Basant Panchami. These customs may show slight variations in different regions and social communities:
Spring clothes: On the day of Basant Panchami, it is a tradition that people wear yellow colored spring clothes. This shows them the symbolism of spring.
Worship: Saraswati Devi is worshiped on the day of Basant Panchami. People decorate the idol of Goddess Saraswati in temples or homes and offer flowers, jaggery and fruits to her. The puja stage is performed by a priest or pundit and mantras are chanted as per the rules.
Kite flyingKite flying is also done on this day in many places of India. Though people do kite flying on the day of Makar Sankranti too, but on this day most of the people show their happiness with kite flying.
Good luck with your studiesIn Andhra Pradesh, this festival is also called Vidyarambha Parva. This day is considered very auspicious for the education of children. For this reason, on this day children are taught to write and read the first letter i.e. the first word.
Instrumental and musical performances: Instrumental and musical performances are also performed on the day of Basant Panchami. People perform music, taal and raga along with instruments like tal-pati, tabla, sitar, sarod etc.
More info about Vasant Panchami
Though Basanti Panchami is celebrated with great fanfare, its form is also changing with time:-
Basanti Panchami is now considered an important occasion for art, music and literary events Is. Various programs are organized in schools, art institutes and literary organizations in which artists, musicians and poets perform. Panchami is now also celebrated as the festival of colors. People wear yellow colored clothes and enjoy the joy and enthusiasm in the environment bedecked with the colours. On this day children are given a formal opportunity to start reading for the first time. Young children are encouraged to start reading in school.
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