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15 Feb.: Today is Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja

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    Basant Panchami When: Friday, 15th February 2013 During Basant Panchami you will be enthralled by the visual treat of nature that surrounds the whole country.
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      Basant Panchami
      When: Friday, 15th February 2013


      During Basant Panchami you will be enthralled by the visual treat of
      nature that surrounds the whole country. The fields are loaded with yellow
      mustard and the whole country is delightfully decorated in different shades
      of yellow flowers and ribbons.

      Basant Panchami also known as Vasant Panchami marks the beginning of
      spring season. It falls on the fifth day of Maagh (the Indian month). In
      Hindi language the word 'Basant/Vasant' means spring and 'Panchami' means
      the fifth day.

      Although Basant Panchami festival is celebrated all over India, the
      festivities in Punjab are unique and worth attending.


      Significance of Basant Panchami

      Apart from marking the beginning of the spring season the festival of
      Basant Panchami is also known as the birthday of Goddess Saraswati, Lord
      Brahma's wife. According to the Hindu mythology Goddess Saraswati symbolizes
      constant flow of knowledge, wisdom and learning. Therefore, the festival is
      especially celebrated in all institutions of learning. Students observe the
      blessings from Maa Saraswati on this day.


      Vasant Panchami Celebrations
      This festival of spring is celebrated with great fervour and joy
      amongst Hindus. Basant Panchami tradition includes wearing traditional
      yellow colour clothes, cooking sweet saffron rice and visiting friends and
      relatives to distribute sweets and gifts.

      You will see the pure, bright and sunny yellow colour dominating the
      whole country on this particular day. The Basant Panchami celebrations also
      comprise an elaborate puja of Goddess Saraswati who is worshipped with full
      dedication.

      People also feed Brahmans on Vasant Panchami believing that their
      ancestors are accepting the food. The occasion is also celebrated by flying
      kites and merrymaking.



      http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/basant-panchami.aspx

      Vasant Panchami, sometimes referred to as Saraswati Puja or Shree Panchami,
      is a festival. On this day Hindus worship Saraswati, the goddess of
      knowledge, music, art and culture.

      Etymology

      Vasant Panchami has a specific meaning, Vasant means spring, whereas
      Panchami means the fifth day. And Vasant Panchami falls on the fifth day of
      spring
      Traditions

      Traditionally during this festival children are taught to write their first
      words; Brahmins are invited for lunch; ancestor worship (Pitr-tarpan) is
      performed; the god of love Kamadeva is worshipped; and most educational
      institutions organize special prayer or puja for Saraswati.

      The color yellow also plays an important role in this festival. People
      usually wear yellow garments, Saraswati is worshiped in a yellow dress, and
      yellow sweets are consumed within the families.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasant_Panchami
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