Basant Panchami marks the end of winter and the onset on spring. It is being celebrated on Tuesday across India. On this day, people don yellow attire to denote the onset of spring.
Basant Panchami is also celebrated as Saraswati Puja in many parts of the country. It is the worship of the Goddess Saraswati who signifies knowledge, art, and music. As the country celebrates Basant Panchami, President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have taken to Twitter to share festive greetings of the day.
Several other politicians have also shared greetings of the day that marks the importance of education and culture.
Saraswati Puja is an important festival in the Hindu Calendar because it marks the beginning of all other festivals. It also denotes the beginning of preparations for Holi.
Moreover, the importance of Saraswati Puja can be estimated by what it signifies. Now more than ever, we need wisdom and knowledge because we are living in a sea of misinformation. In the age of hate, violence, and polarisation, we need art and music that connects us to our humanity and reminds us of the essence of being alive. Hopefully, today, Saraswati Puja will be spent in its true spirit and every individual, irrespective of religion, will uphold wisdom, art, and music as the truest power.