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Vasant Panchami (Basant Panchami, Shree Panchami or Saraswati Puja)

Vasant Panchami is the Hindu festival that highlights the coming of spring. It is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the Indian month of Magh (January-February). The first faint signals of the forthcoming festival of Holi manifest at Vasant Panchami. Seasons undergo change. The coming of springtime is heralded. Trees are displaying new shoots. New life is evident in the woods and fields. Nature decorates Mango trees with new blossoms. Wheat and other crops enliven with evidence of new life.

Sarasvati is the Hindu goddess of the Vasant Panchami festival. Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture. She is often pictured seated on a lotus or a peacock, wearing a white dress.

Vasant Panchami is a famous festival that marks the end of the winter season and ushers in the springtime. Young girls wear bright yellow dresses and participate in the festivities. The color yellow holds a special meaning for this celebration as it signifies the brilliance of nature and the vibrancy of life. The whole place bursts with yellow during the festival.

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