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The Spring Festival, Basant Panchami

SPRING IS HERE
OPENING ABUNDANCE & GROWTH WITH
BUDS THAT SPROUT
FLOWERS THAT BLOSSOM
NEW LEAVES THAT BLOOM
REMOVING ALL THE GLOOM
SPRINGING JOY IN EVERYTHING

Basant Panchami also called Vasant Panchami is a Spring festival celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm in the Indian Sub-continent.

SIGNIFICANCE

Basant / Vasant means “Spring” and Panchami means “5th day”.
Basant Panchami celebrated on the 5th day of the ascending moon, marks the arrival of Spring. As it is the beginning of the season’s transition from Winter to Spring, forty days after Vasant Panchami is the full bloom of Spring, which will be celebrated as the occasion of Holi.
 
Spring is the ‘King of all seasons’, as it signifies growth, abundance and positivity. Hence, Basant Panchami is considered to be a good day to start new things in life.

SPECIAL HONOURING

The day of Basant Panchami is dedicated to Honouring Divine Mother Saraswati (the Goddess of Knowledge, Wisdom, Music & Creativity). Goddess Saraswati represents enlightenment, so people pray to her and seek her blessings to overcome ignorance and to achieve an enlightened state through knowledge.

OBSERVANCES

The festival is celebrated in various ways by people from different regions of the Indian sub-continent. However, as a common practice on this day people dress in yellow clothes to welcome Spring, just like the fields glow in beautiful yellow of ripe mustard flowers. 

Yellow decorations, flowers and traditional food & sweets in yellow are offered to the Gods in gratitude and appreciation of the abundance bestowed. 
 
The Yellow color signifies brilliance of nature and vibrancy of life. It is supposed to be one of the favourite colors of Goddess Saraswati who opens our mind to the plethora of knowledge which ripens our wisdom.  

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