Basant Panchami

               Basant Panchami heralds the begining of spring. A cool lingering breeze replaces the cold, harsh winter and there is a touch of rejuvenation and joy in the air. The buds of leaves and flowers come into full bloom. Girls in different shades of yellow dresses enhance the beauty of nature. Kite flying, a popular sport in India, is associated with this day, It is a special day for the students--no studies, only merrymaking.
               Basant means spring and Panchami is the fifth day of the fortnight of waxing moon Shukla Paksha in the month of January-February as per Gregorian calendar and Magh as per Hindu calendar.
Saraswati Puja:
               The day of Basant Panchami is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. It is not a national holiday in India but the schools are closed and the students participate in decoration and arrangement of the worship place. A few weeks before the celebration. Schools become active in organizing various annual competitions of music, debate, sports and other activities.
Goddess Saraswati
Goddess Saraswati                Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom. Saraswati bestows the greatest wealth to humanity, the wealth of knowledge. In the Vedas, the prayer for Saraswati depicts her as a lady in a white dress, bedecked with white flowers and white pearls, sitting on a white lotus, which is blooming in a wide stretch of water. She holds the Veena, a string instrument, like the Sitar, for playing music. The Vedas describe Saraswati as a water deity, goddess of a river of the same name. The mythological history of Saraswati associates her with the holy rituals performed on the banks of the river Saraswati. She is worshipped as goddess of speech, attributed to the formation of Vach (words), invention of Sanskrit language and composition of hymns.

Celebrations of Basant Panchami