The festival is devoted to Goddess Saraswati, who embodies knowledge, wisdom, music, arts, and education.On this day, people worship Saraswati by offering prayers and flowers. In many parts of India, cultural events such as music and dance performances are organized to celebrate the festival.
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Different states have already declared a day off, and some have specified restricted holidays in schools for Vasant Panchami on February 14th.
Here’s a list of states with either a holiday or a restricted holiday on February 14th for Vasant Panchami/Saraswati Pooja.
- Uttar Pradesh
- Madhya Pradesh
- West Bengal
Here are some of the key rituals associated with Vasant Panchami:
→ During Saraswati Puja, people pray and offer flowers to Goddess Saraswati, asking for her blessings for knowledge, wisdom, and creativity.
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→ On Vasant Panchami, many people enjoy the tradition of flying colorful kites as a way to welcome the arrival of spring.
→ Vasant Panchami also marks the beginning of preparations for Holi, with people gathering firewood and materials for the festive bonfires.
→ According to popular beliefs, Saraswati, known as the deity of learning, music, and art, was born on this day, leading to celebrations in her honour on Vasant Panchami.
→ In areas like Bengal and Bihar, offerings to Goddess Saraswati include boondi, ladoo, sweet rice, and mango wood, along with water from the Ganga river.
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→ In Punjab, people savour traditional dishes like Maake ki Roti and Sarso Ka Saag, while in Bihar, delicacies such as Kheer, Malpua, and Bundi are offered during Saraswati Puja.
→ On Murti Visthapan day, processions take place where Maa Saraswati idols are immersed in the Ganga river. This day is celebrated by enjoying Dahi Chura with gur (jaggery) and bananas.
Disclaimer: It is advised that school students and parents verify with the appropriate school authorities to ascertain whether they have announced a holiday for Saraswati Pooja.