How to celebrate Vasant Panchami
India welcomes the warmth of spring with the festive celebration of Vasant Panchami. Celebrated forty days before the arrival of this bountiful season, the festivities are held on the fifth day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Magha. Bright yellows festoon the towns, cities and villages as the bright yellows of the mustard flowers burst into bloom. The yellow flowers of the mustard crop bosoms signifying positivity in life and nature.
Significance : According to shastra’s Basant /Vasant Panchami is the official signifier of the day marking the transition of winter into spring and the arrival of summers. It is believed that if students worship goddess Saraswathi on Vasant Panchami, they will be bestowed with wisdom and knowledge. Vasant Panchami is also considered to be a very fortunate day, for any auspicious occasion can be commenced even without looking at the muhurta.
How to celebrate:
- The revellers dress themselves in yellow to usher in the Golden season.
- This festival is also dedicated to the Goddess of Knowledge, Maa Saraswathi. Although depicted wearing a white saree, signifying her purity, on Vasant Panchami, she is dressed in brilliant yellows, which is considered her favourite colour.
- Yellow coloured sweets and snacks are prepared and offered to the Goddess.
- At home and at temples, after a special puja for Maa Saraswathi, elders sit with young children and teach them to write with their fingers for the first time.
- Lavish contributions are made to the temples and community kitchens and Annadhanam is made to every visitor.
North Indians and Pakistanis commemorate this festival with the more colourful tradition of flying kites. This festival for its religious or emotional significance, teaches us to respect and celebrate the gifts of nature and the glorious cycle of life.