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Basant Panchami

  • Dates :

    10/02/2019 - 10/02/2019

  • Location :

    All over India


Basant Panchami is a festival celebrated in Uttarakhand to welcome the season of spring. The winter weary soul cheers the arrival of sweet spring when the flowers bloom, the birds sing, the splendid sun beams and cold no longer stings. Basant Panchami is also referred to as Sripanchami.

On the occasion of Basant Panchami, Goddess Saraswati is worshipped. According to Hindu religion she is the goddesses of learning and music. She is highly revered and respected and people seek her blessings by praying to her. They want her to grant them the wealth of knowledge. Yellow is considered her favorite color. On this day, everyone uses yellow cloth, yellow handkerchiefs and put a yellow tilak on their foreheads. They even clad themselves in yellow. The sight of all the people adorned in clothes of such a bright color is wonderful.

On this day, the young particularly rejoice. They participate in unrestrained merry making. Kesar Halva, a sweet dish which is also yellow in color is enjoyed avidly by the youngsters.

The air reverberates with the sound of the beating of drums. This is how these hilly people choose to welcome basant or spring. Chounphula and Jhumelia dances are also performed on the occasion of Basant Panchami.

At Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, a fair is held within the premises of the Bharat temple on the occasion of Basant Panchami. In a grand procession the idol of Lord Bharat is carried through the town. This is because this idol was installed in the temple on this day by Jagat Guru Shankaracharya.

The festival of Basant Panchami also marks the beginning of holi baithaks.

Time for celebrating the Basant Panchami Festival in Uttarakhand

Basant Panchami is celebrated according to the Hindu calendar in the month of Magh. It generally falls in Late January or early February.



Holi Celebrations in Various Parts of India

Barsana Holi

Holi celebrations in Barsana are among the most unique festivities in India. In the spirit of fun, smearing of colors, drenching in water and mock fights. According to legends, Barsana was the birthplace of Radha, the consort of Lord Krishna. As the fables narrate, the lord used to come from his home-town Nandgaon to tease Radha and the Gopis.

The tradition continues till date. Men from Nandgaon come to Barsana to play and the women greet them with sticks (lathis). The unique spectacle is known as Lathmaar holi. The abundance of sweets, bhang and the festive spirit enhance the thrill.

Holi in Rajasthan

Rajasthan, like the rest of India, dips in the celebration of Holi by welcoming the spring season. Call it the festival of love or colors the state knows how to mix ritual and other ancient traditions with a final touch of royalty. What's even unique is the way different parts of the state giving the festivities their own different vibe. While Mali and Gair Holi are distinct to Ajmer, Brij Holi to Bharatpur, Bikaner rejoices the colorful time of the year by playing Dolchi Holi.

Holi Gujarat

Gujarat celebrates Holi with a unique fervor. The most famous tradition is the breaking of the earthen pot full of buttermilk. This ritual comes from the tales where Lord Krishna used to tease and break pots of the milkmaids. A pot full of buttermilk is tied high on a rope. To get to the heights, people form a human pyramid. While the young boys form the pyramid, people throw colored water on them. There are competition among groups to win this prize. During the festival people rejoice with the play of colors, gorging on sweets while drenched in festive spirits.