Bradford Hindu Council would like to wish all Family and Friends a blessed and Happy Vasant Panchami.
Vasant Panchami marks the beginning of the spring season. It is also celebrated as Saraswati Puja with festival of kites too. Although now the festival is dominated by the worship of the goddess Saraswati, a grand feast. The day is auspicious to host a large number of weddings during the festival.
Vasant stands for spring, and Panchami means the fifth day. Thus, the festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the spring season. According to the Hindu calendar, it falls during on the fifth day of Hindu month of Magha (which works out to early February).
On this day, the goddess of knowledge, wisdom and art, Saraswati, is worshipped. The colour yellow has a great significance in the celebration of Vasant Panchami. It is believed to be the symbol of blossoming flowers of mustard. Yellow attire is therefore worn by the followers of Saraswati. Moreover, the sweets and dishes prepared for the festival are usually yellow and saffron in colour. Since the goddess is considered to be an epitome of wisdom, therefore the day is celebrated in educational institutions also.
Murtis of Saraswati are adorned with yellow sari and jewellery. These are then worshiped, prayers are offered, and musical events are organized to please the goddess. In West Bengal, it is celebrated as Sri Panchami. Colourful processions are held to carry idols of Saraswati and immerse it in the holy water of river Ganga. In Northern India the day is celebrated by flying colourful kites.
Thus the festival is also called as the Kite Festival. The festival is also celebrated in Nepal. There temples of Saraswati are decorated a day before the festival to welcome the goddess for the special feast on Vasant Panchami.