Shree Panchami or “Basanta” Pachami also known as Saraswati Pooja – goddess of Knowledge, wisdom, music and all arts – to many students and people is being observed across the country today.
On the very day, people line up in front of temples to worship the goddess in order to make well-wishes and offer prayer. The very day is also believed to be auspicious for parents to teach the alphabets to their child for the first time and carry out social and religious rituals like marriage, etc.
The festival which falls on the fifth day of the waxing moon of Magh (Jan or Feb) month as per the Nepali calendar, is especially observed by people living in Nepal and Eastern part of India depending upon their religion – Hindu and Sikh.
The word “Basanta” meaning “spring” in English, also marks the arrival of spring season symbolizing a perfect day or time for starting something good or new in life as all plants begin sprouting and growing in this season.