Vasant Panchami - The Onset of Spring
The word Vasant means spring, and Panchami means the 5th day. It falls on the fifth day of the month of Magha under the Hindu calendar. It is the 5th day of the spring season, so it occurs mostly in February, according to the Gregorian calendar. It is celebrated mainly in the eastern part of India, where West Bengal celebrates it as Saraswati Puja. They worship Goddess Saraswati.
States like Bihar and Punjab celebrate it by flying kites.
Goddess Saraswati is said to be the Goddess of wisdom, knowledge, and art. So, this day is special for students as well. People give precise importance to yellow color on this day. It has been observed that the fields of “Sarso” or Mustard get loaded with yellow flowers, which is the symbol that spring has arrived. So, people wear yellow colored dresses and decorate the temples in their houses with yellow flowers. People also decorate the idol of Goddess Saraswati with yellow attire, jewelry, and flowers.
Classical music events are organized, and prayers are offered to Goddess Saraswati; students seek blessings from her to give them wisdom and knowledge.
Vasant Panchami is also celebrated in Nepal.