Basant Panchmi comes in the Hindu Magh period and means that spring is coming. The chilling cold makes way for fresh and gentle breeze. People get into attires with different shades of yellow to celebrate this day. It seems that the whole world opens the arms for the spring season.
Here are some things you did not know about this beautiful festival:-
- Basant Panchmi signifies the start of fifth day of Maagh every year. ‘Basant’ signifies spring and ‘Panchmi’ means the fifth day on which it falls.
- Spring is the best of all the seasons as it is free from excessive heat, cold and rain. It is considered as the king of all the seasons.
- Basant Panchmi marks the birth of Saraswati who is the Goddess of knowledge, art, education, music and culture.
- According to the belief and traditions, offerings are made to Goddess Saraswati, just before the Basant Panchami as it is believed that the Goddess would be joining the celebrations the following day.
- As the tradition goes, on this day, children are taught to write their first word. It is considered auspicious as Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on this day.
- The color yellow is of great significance on this day. It is also known as ‘Basanti’ color. It is a symbol of energy, optimism, prosperity and light. People wear yellow clothes and make traditional yellow dishes.
- According to the tradition, snakes are fed with milk on Basant Panchmi to bring wealth and prosperity.
- Basant Panchmi is incomplete without popular sweets. Some well-known Basant Panchmi sweets include:-
- On this day, a log is placed in public place. And devotees add twigs and other flammable things in the next 40 days. The pyre that is formed is lit on Holi.
- Kite flying is the favorite sport of Indians and people fly kites to celebrate Basant Panchmi.
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