Basant Panchami or Saraswati Puja signifies the arrival of the spring. This year, the festival will be celebrated on February 16.
The Goddess Saraswati’s festival is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright half of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Magha (which typically falls in late January or February). It is also called Sri Panchami in the South and is dedicated to Saraswati, is the wife of Brahma, and is considered by Hindus as the Goddess of knowledge, music, learning, and arts.
Saraswati is depicted as a white saree-clad woman, seated on a white lotus symbolising truth and purity and holding a ‘veena’ (musical instrument). She rides a white swan or ‘hamsa’.
Basant Panchami 2021: Date and Time
Vasant Panchami Muhurat: February 16 at 06:59 am to 12:35 pm
Vasant Panchami Madhyahna: 12:35 pm
Start of Panchami Tithi: February 16 at 03:36 am
End of Panchami Tithi: February 17 at 05:46 am
Is Basant Panchami a bank holiday?
Celebrations of Basant Panchami:
On this occasion, people wear yellow clothes. The Goddess Saraswati idols are adorned with yellow sarees and pieces of jewellery. Basant Panchami is the time when people start giving the first lessons on education to their children. This custom is referred to as Vidyarambam and also known as Aksharabhyasam.