How is Basant Panchami Celebrated?

Basant Panchami – the festival marking the arrival of the Spring season would be celebrated on 5th February 2022. Mostly North, East, Central, and West India celebrates this festival. Take a look at how the regional celebration varies:

Many Hindus are of the belief that yellow is the favorite color of Goddess Saraswati and that why yellow is the color of dresses that are bought for this festival. This yellow color also resonates with the beautiful mustard field full of yellow flowers.

Some people add saffron to the rice and make it yellow to celebrate this festival.

Among the East Indian states, Goddess Saraswati is worshipped with much excitement in West Bengal. Goddess Saraswati is known as the goddess of education, knowledge, music, and all other forms of art. West Bengal is known as the cultural capital of India and the craziness for Saraswati Puja proves that point. Every school, college, film studio, musical institutions, dance schools, and every other institution associated with knowledge and creativity celebrate Saraswati Puja to seek the blessings of the Goddess. Young students bring their books and keep it near the idol. Similarly, musicians keep their instruments near the goddess. This worshipping is followed by a cultural program of song and dance. Post that the customary “Khichuri” or Khichdi is prepared that is served with brinjal fry and cabbage. That Khichdi is also known as “Bhog” and is the tastiest thing ever. All the winter season vegetables are used to make this yummy Khichdi. In many places in West Bengal, people create Pandals and lighting and celebrate this festival for four days.

In Bihar and Odisha of East India and Assam of North East India, people visit the temples of Goddess Saraswati and worship her. And more or less the rituals are same as West Bengal. In school, college, and universities, this day is a holiday. These educational institutions open for Puja and post that cultural program and lunch follows.

In South India, Andhra Pradesh celebrates this day. It is known as Sri Panchami where "Sri" is referred to her as another aspect of the one goddess Devi.

In the West Indian state of Gujarat, Vasant Panchami is associated with the emotions of love and emotional anticipation. Bouquets and garlands of flowers with mango leaves are prepared and gifted to people. Songs about Lord Krishna playing pranks with Radha are played.

In the Sun God Temple of Aurangabad district of Bihar, the statues are washed and the old clothes are replaced with new ones. The devotees then engage in singing, dancing, and playing various musical instruments.

In Rajasthan, it is mandatory for people to wear garlands made of jasmine flower. The home is decked up with yellow flowers and people wear yellow clothes.

In Maharashtra, the newly married couples wear yellow clothes visit a temple to offer prayers on their 1st Basant Panchami post marriage.

In Uttarakhand, people worship Lord Shiva and Parvati too along with Goddess Saraswati on this day.

In Punjab, children and adults engage in kite flying on Basant Panchami. This tradition of flying kites is also observed in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh.

The Hindus of Bali and Indonesia call this day as “Hari Raya Saraswati”. Mostly the educational institutions celebrate this festival by worshipping the Goddess Saraswati wearing bright clothes. Children bring traditional cakes and fruits to schools for offering during the prayers.