Vasant Panchami – the celebration of life

Vasant Panchami

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Vasant Panchami or Saraswati Puja (as it is known in Bengal) lies on the 24th of January, 2017. It is the festival that celebrates the arrival of the spring season. It is also known as the Shree Panchami and the Vasant Kite festival for Sikhs. Vasant Panchami is celebrated on the 5th day of Magh every year, which generally falls during January-February. It is the festival that brings immense joy to our hearts, and makes us feel rejuvenated and enlightened.

Significance


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According to legend, Vasant Panchami is the day on which Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of literature, art and knowledge, was born. As the harsh cold days of winter fade away, earth comes to life again with blossoming flowers and crops, clear skies and the warmth of the Sun. This celebration acknowledges the power of the spring season as a nurturing force of nature, the bringer of prosperity and the birth of new life.  In ancient times, Vasant Panchami was also celebrated by Kamadeva in honor of his friend Vasant, who was the personification of spring. The festival is celebrated in homes, schools, colleges, and workplaces, due to its social and religious significance. Music and dance also play a major role in the celebration of this festival.

Rituals

1. Saraswati Puja – Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on this day. To seek Goddess Saraswati’s blessings click here

2. Brahman Bhoj – Feeding Brahmans is considered auspicious on this day. Offer Brahman Bhoj here.

3. Pitr Tarpan – This is an auspicious time for the worship of our ancestor’s spirits. Click here to satisfy the souls of your forefathers.

4. Akshar-Abhyasam – Children are introduced to writing and learning on this day as it is the holiest time to start on the quest for knowledge and enlightenment.

5. Yellow clothes and distribution of yellow sweets – Yellow is a color that is very auspicious as it represents the color of crop fields during the springtime; and is a sign of fertility.

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