Spring is in air, Fresh blossoms everywhere. Sending you my warm greetings on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami!
"फूलों की वर्षा, शरद की फुहार, सूरज की किरणें, खुशियों की बहार, मुबारक हो आप सबको, बसंत पंचमी का त्योहार, हैप्पी बसंत पंचमी। हैप्पी बसंत पंचमी"
Vasant Panchami also called Sarasvati Puja in honor of the goddess Saraswati, this is a festival that marks the preparation for the arrival of spring. The festival is celebrated by people in the Indian subcontinent in various ways depending on the region. Shree Panchami, or the Basant Festival of Kites is a Sikh and Hindu festival held on the fifth day of the traditional Indian calendar month of Magha (usually early February). The festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring - Vasant Panchami means the fifth day ('Panchami') of Spring ('Vasant'). It takes place 40 days before Holi and marks the start of preparations for that festival.
Basant Panchami is a Hindu and Sikh festival that celebrates the arrival of spring and bids farewell to the chilly days of winter. It is observed on the fifth day of Shukla Paksha in the Magha month and people perform Saraswati Puja on this day.
Vasant Panchami is a festival that marks the beginning of preparations for spring season. It is celebrated by people in various ways depending on the region. Vasant Panchami also marks the start of preparation for Holika and Holi, which occur forty days later. For many Hindus, Vasant Panchami is the festival dedicated to goddess Saraswati who is their goddess of knowledge, language, music and all arts. She symbolizes creative energy and power in all its form, including longing and love. The season and festival also celebrate the agricultural fields' ripening with yellow flowers of mustard crop, which Hindus associate with Saraswati's favorite color. People dress in yellow saris or shirts or accessories, share yellow-colored snacks and sweets. Some add saffron to their rice and then eat yellow cooked rice as a part of an elaborate feast. Many families mark this day by sitting with babies and young children, encouraging their children to write their first words with their fingers, and some study or create music together. People celebrate the day by wearing yellow (white), eating sweet dishes and displaying yellow flowers in homes. In Rajasthan, it is customary for people to wear jasmine garlands. In Maharashtra, newly married couples visit a temple and offer prayers on the first Basant Panchami after the wedding. Maa Saraswati is a Hindu goddess who represents education, creativity, and music. Identified as a patron of the arts and sciences, Maa Saraswati is also known as the inventor of Sanskrit.
Saraswati Puja 2022 date:-
Saraswati Puja, that is Basant Panchami, falls on Saturday, 5 February 2022.The Muhurat lasts for 5 hours 28 minutes from 07:00 AM to 12:35 PM. The Madhyahna moment is at 12:35 PM. This year, the Panchami tithi begins at 03:47 AM on February 5 and extends up to 03:46 AM on February 6.It is celebrated on the fifth day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Magha, which usually falls in late January or February. It precedes spring by forty days, as it is believed that any season takes that long to come into full bloom.The festival is widely celebrated by Hindus in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and many parts of the world. In fact, it is also observed in some parts of Indonesia and Bali as Hari Raya Saraswati.
Notable traditional celebrations across the country:-
The highlight of the festival is the worship of Goddess Saraswati. People dress enthusiastically in vibrant shades of her favourite colour, yellow, and pray before her statues and idols in nearby temples.In educational institutes as well the goddess is worshipped with special prayers and pujas so as to seek her blessings for better knowledge and wisdom. Poetry and musical programs are also organized as a sign of reverence.As the pandemic is still raging across India, some of the public aspects of the celebration may be more subdued. However, some states have eased restrictions following the Saraswati Puja celebrations.
Jharkhand, Bihar and Bengal:-
Yellow-coloured sweets and rice dishes are prepared using saffron. Delicacies like boondi, ladoo, kheer, malpua, kesar halwa, kesari bhaat, sondesh and rajbhog are offered along with Ganga jal and mango wood.Moreover, for the year 2022, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced that schools (classes VIII to XII), colleges, universities and polytechnic institutes will reopen on 3 February. This means that most institutions in Bengal are now planning to go ahead with their Saraswati Puja celebrations, keeping in mind all the necessary Covid-19 protocols.
In Odisha, many schools and colleges have homas and yagnas for their students. Toddlers between the age of 2-5 years start formally learning on this auspicious day in the Khadi-Chuan or Vidya-Arambha, wherein they are introduced to the local music, dance, and language.For the year 2022, the Odisha Government has revised the Covid-19 guidelines in the state easing certain restrictions owning to the dip in the cases. As per the new guidelines announced by the authorities, the night curfew will now stay in place between 10 pm and 5 am in urban areas, instead of the earlier 9 pm and 5 am.Furthermore, the Government has allowed Saraswati Puja in schools with a limited number of students, in compliance with all Covid-19 protocols. The festival can also be observed in temples without the participation of devotees.
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