Vasant Panchami festival


Vasant Panchami festival

***** Location: India
***** Season: Spring
***** Category: Observance


Basant Panchmi - ਬਸੰਤ ਪੰਚਮੀ , Basant Panchami

Vasant Panchmi (Devnagari:वसन्त पञ्चमी), sometimes referred to as
Vasant Panchami or Shree Panchami (Devnagari:श्रीपञ्चमी),
is a Hindu festival celebrating Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music and art.

It is celebrated every year on the fifth day (Panchami) of the Indian month Magh (January-February), the first day of spring. Traditionally during this festival children are taught to write their first words; brahmins are fed; ancestor worship (Pitr-tarpan) is performed; the god of love Kamadeva is worshipped; and most educational institutions organise special prayer for Saraswati. The color yellow also plays an important role in this festival, in that people usually wear yellow garments, Saraswati is worshipped dressed in yellow, and yellow sweets are consumed within the families. Children love flying kites . They enjoy the festival with great fun and enthusiasm.

In Ferozepur (Punjab)
it is also as a Kite Festival in Border Area city of Punjab Ferozepur, This Festival is very famous in the city as boys and girls buy Dora (Thread) and Gude aka Patang (Kites) in huge quantity to fly. Children as well as young boys like this festival very much. Young boys by putting sound system on their terrace start dancing right from the evening of the previous day of Basant (vasant panchami), colour full kites in the sky makes the sky very colour full and worth seeing. People from all around the world come to enjoy this festival. It feels as if this festival is most popular festival in ferozepur than in any other city. Basant Panchami has a specific meaning, Basant means Spring, whereas Panchami means the fifth day of the spring. It falls on Panchami - on the Waxing Moon.
The festival lies in the month of January or February. The young girls dressed in the diverse shades of yellow magnify the splendor of nature. Kite flying, a popular sport in India, is associated with the Basant Panchami day. It is a day for young crowd - no routine work, no studies, only merry making.
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In Hinduism Saraswati (Sanskrit: सरस्वती, Sarasvatī ),
is the goddess of knowledge, music, arts and science. She is the consort of Brahma, also revered as His Shakti.

The name Saraswati came from "saras" (meaning "flow") and "wati" (meaning "she who has ..."), i.e. "she who has flow" or can mean sara meaning "essence" and swa meaning "self". So, Saraswati is symbol of knowledge; its flow (or growth) is like a river and knowledge is supremely alluring, like a beautiful woman. She is depicted as beautiful fair Goddess with Four arms, wearing spotless white saree and seated on white lotus.
She is also known as "Sharada", "Vani" and "Vagdevi" (both meaning "speech").
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Things found on the way

Benzaiten 弁才天
is the Japanese name of the goddess Saraswati.

.Benten, Benzaiten 弁天 弁財天 .


basant panchmi --
shades of yellow
in the meadow

basant panchmi --
multicolored kites fill
the empty sky

Sandip Sital Chauhan


basant panchmi -
a withered tree
full of colors

Nirmal Brar


basant panchmi
string tangled in string
eyes into eyes

Harvinder Dhaliwal


basant panchmi
worshipping Saraswati, the poet Nirala
celebrates his birthday

Charan Gill

Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala' (सूर्यकांत त्रिपाठी 'निराला')
(February 21, 1899 – October 15, 1961)
was one of the most famous figures of the modern Hindi literature. He was a poet, novelist, essayist and story-writer.
He also drew many sketches.
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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 As per another mythological story, this day Lord Rama ate half tasted berries (ber) of Shabari and to commemorate this day, the festival of Vasant Panchami is celebrated.
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harvest festivals
and new beginnings of spring--
berries of Shabari

- Shared by Brinda Buljore -
Haiku Culture Magazine, 2013


Related words

***** . Spring Festivals (Vasannta Utsav) .

***** . Kite Flying in India .
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***** . Haiku from Punjab .


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