“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” this line from PB Shelley has an ever increasing charm about it. Spring exudes optimism and stands for passion for life. It is the most awaited season as chilly cold is replaced by the fresh and gentle breeze. Vasant Panchami festival celebrates the arrival of spring with lots of vigor. Here are 5 interesting facts you should know about Vasant Panchami festival:
- 1) Vasant means “spring” & Panchami means “the fifth day.” Vasant Panchami actually falls on the fifth day of spring.
- 2) Vasant Panchami or Basant Panchami, refers to many festivals: the religious Hindu festival of Saraswati Puja also called Shree Panchami; Sufi Basant observed in Sufi shrines; the seasonal spring festival observed in many regions; the Basant festival observance in Gurdwaras as a Sikh festival; the birthday of the Deo-Sun God in Bihar and a harvest festival.
- 3) Kite flying is a popular activity linked to Vasant Panchami festival in North India. People wear Yellow clothes as it is related to the bloom of mustard flowers during this period.
- 4) In ancient Indian literature, Vasant Panchami is associated with Shringara Rasam and the festival was celebrated in this tradition. Celebrations today still honor Kamadeva, his wife Rati, and his friend Vasant (the personification of spring).
- 5) People worship Goddess Saraswati – the goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning. This ritual of initiating education to children is known as Akshar-Abhyasam or Vidya-Arambham/Praasana which is one of the famous rituals of Vasant Panchami.