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Vasant Panchami - Importance of the Spring Festival - Basant Panchami

Vasant Panchami or Basant Panchami is an important Hindu festival which falls on the fifth day of the Magh month (January – February). Vasant means ‘spring’ and thus it heralds the spring season. Vasant Panchami 2017 date is February 1. Yellow color is given great importance during Basant Panchami as it signifies the ripening of fruits and crops during spring season. Thus Vasant Panchami is also an occasion of nature worship.

It is also an important festival dedicated to Goddess Saraswati (goddess of learning) and is celebrated mainly in North India.

What to do on Vasant Panchami?
People usually wear yellow colored clothes and worship Goddess Saraswati, Lord Surya (Sun God), Mother Ganga (Ganges) and Bhu Devi (Mother Earth). The worship of Sun, Earth and Water (Ganges) is a thanksgiving to the nature for sustaining us.

Gods and Goddesses in home are decorated with yellow colored clothes. Yellow colored food and sweets are distributed on the day. Yellow stands for prosperity and love.

Children are initiated into the world of learning on this day in some parts of the country. In some parts, worship of the ancestors (Pitr-tarpan) is also performed.