Pune : Policenama Online – Today i.e. 29 January is festival of Basant Panchami. In India, the festival is celebrated in full swing. The joy of this festival is celebrated with great pleasure even in foreign countries. On this day in India, people start their day by paying obeisance in temples and gurudwaras. People wear yellow clothes on these days. Hindus install and worship the idol of Goddess Saraswati. They offer yellow sweets such as sweet rice, laddu, boondi etc. Children celebrate this day by flying colorful kites on this day. Although this festival is celebrated with great pomp everywhere, but we have in-detail information on how Indian states celebrate this day.
In Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, the festival of Basant Panchami is celebrated with great joy and celebration. People here use Palash wood, leaves and flowers etc. in the worship of Goddess Saraswati. People wear yellow clothes and do kirtan overnight and immerse the idol of Goddess in the holy rivers on the next day. On this day people also organize kite flying and fill sky with colorful kites and enjoy this festival very much.
Punjab and Haryana
In Punjab and Haryana, this festival is especially celebrated by flying kites. On this day, all people of the house and family get up early in the morning and go to the temple or gurudwara to pay obeisance. After that, they climb the roof and fly colorful kites and enjoy this festival. Women enjoy singing and dancing folk songs while children fly kites. In Punjab, sweet rice, kichadi, maize bread (Makke ki Roti), mustard greens (Sarson ka Saag) are compulsorily made and eaten on this day.
Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh
In both these states, Saraswati Mata, the goddess of knowledge, is worshiped on this day. On this festival, competitions for making or flying kites are organized mainly for children in schools. Also, these people celebrate their happiness by wearing colorful, especially yellow clothes. In Uttar Pradesh, Lord Krishna is offered saffron rice.
People of Bihar get ready early in the morning and wear yellow clothes. They paint their forehead with turmeric. People here start this festival by worshiping Goddess Saraswati. Goddess Saraswati is offered puja, kheer and boondi. Later, by playing Dhol and Drums, people enjoys celebrating Basant Pachami.
The festival of Bansat Panchami in Bengal is celebrated in full swing. Here, like Durga Puja, idol of Goddess Saraswati is worshiped in a large pandal. After the puja, Goddess Saraswati is offered laddus made of Bundi and sweet yellow rice. Also, people celebrate these days by singing folk songs and organizing dance ceremonies. On this day in Bengali communities, there is a ritual of cooking 13 types of food varieties.