Vasant Panchami is the festival devoted to Saraswati, the Goddess of education, learning and fine arts; similar to what Diwali is for to Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, and Navaratri is to Durga, the Goddess of power and gallantry. It marks the end of winter season and the onset of spring season according to the Hindu calendar, which usually occurs in late January or early February. This year, it will be celebrated on February 12.
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The festival is celebrated with the colour Yellow, as it holds a special meaning that signifies the brilliance of nature and the liveliness of life. The whole place goes bright with the colour of the mind and intellect.
There are many traditions of celebrating Vasant Panchami, the colour Yellow/saffron being a prominent feature of celebration. This Vasant Panchami, you can celebrate the day by doing these things we highly recommend you to.
Wear something traditional in yellow: You can’t deny. People look lively and full of enthusiasm in yellow. Be it Kurtas, Sherwani, Saris, Salwar Kameez, Churidaar or Lehenga Choli, everything suits everyone.
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Offer yellow flowers to Gods and Goddesses: Chrysanthemum, Yellow Dahlia, Peonies, Daffodils, Marigold, Yellow Orchids and Hibiscus can be offered. Yellow Carnations are easily available.
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Place all your study and work materials: Everybody knows this. During Saraswati Pooja, we place books, pens and other stationaries on the feet on Goddess Saraswati. She is considered to be the epitome of wisdom, offering her blessings in the form of learning, alertness and intellect.
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Prepare Saffron rice: It is easy to prepare and tastes like heaven! And you can go ahead and add more to it, be it vegetables or dry fruits. And to accompany it, we recommend you to try Kashmiri Rajma.
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Feast on KesarHalwa: To top it all off, nothing will beat this. Again, easy to make and it feels so good right when it touches your lips. Simple, yet amazing at the least!
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Fly those Kites already: OH yes! Makar Sankranti isn’t the only festival for kite flying. Mark this day on your calendar because you are sure to have lots of fun all day long. You should better go out now and start shopping for kites, you need to cut the other flying kites and claim it yours.