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VASANT PANCHAMI

When is Vasant Panchami in 2021?

Vasant Panchami in 2021 is on the Tuesday, 16th of Feb (2/16/2021).

Vasant Panchami is on the 47th day of 2021. There are 318 days left in the year.

Vasant Panchami Facts

  • Date: Feb 16, 2021
  • Religious
  • Also Called: Saraswati Pooja, Shree Panchami
  • Celebrations: Worshiping Goddess Saraswati
Vasant Panchami iImage Credit: Wikipedia

Vasant Panchami is an important Indian festival celebrated every year in the month of Magh according to the Hindu calendar. Celebrated on the fifth day of Magh, the day falls somewhere in the months of February or March according to the Gregorian calendar. The significance of the day lies in the worship of Goddess Saraswati, symbol of wisdom and also the onset of spring season.

According to the popular belief, the origins of this festival lie in Aryan period. Aryans came and settled in India through Khyber Pass, crossing the Saraswati River among many others. Being a primitive civilization, most of their development took place along the banks of the River Saraswati. Thus, River Saraswati began to be associated with fertility and knowledge. It is then that the day began to be celebrated.

According to mythology, a popular associated with this day is connected with poet Kalidasa. After he was married off to a beautiful princess through trickery, the princess kicked him out of her bed as she learned that he was foolish. Following this, Kalidasa went to commit suicide, upon which Saraswati emerged from the waters and asked him to take a dip there. After taking a dip in the holy waters, Kalidasa became knowledgeable and began writing poetry. Thus, Vasant Panchami is celebrated to venerate Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of education and learning.

In today's times, the festival is celebrated by farmers as the on-coming of the spring season. The day is largely celebrated in Northern Parts of India. Here, people offer food to the Brahmins and organize rituals in the name of Goddess Saraswati.

The color yellow is the predominant color associated with the festival, the origins of which are supposed to be the fields of mustard which can be seen in Punjab and Haryana during this period. Kite flying is also commonly associated with this festival. Children as well as adults fly kites on this day to celebrate freedom and enjoyment.

Another tradition associated with this day is that of initiating studies in the young. Young children often begin learning on this day, which is believed to be the reason why the school sessions start in the month of March. Sweets with a yellow hue are also distributed on this day and people can also be seen donating books and other literary material to the poor.

Vasant Panchami Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Sat
  • Jan 28, 2012
  • Fri
  • Feb 15, 2013
  • Tue
  • Feb 04, 2014
  • Sat
  • Jan 24, 2015
  • Fri
  • Feb 12, 2016
  • Wed
  • Feb 01, 2017
  • Mon
  • Jan 22, 2018
  • Sat
  • Feb 09, 2019
  • Wed
  • Jan 29, 2020

List of Religious Holidays of Hindu in 2020

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
WednesdayWedJan 15, 2020Jan 15Makarsankranti / Pongal
WednesdayWedJan 29, 2020Jan 29Vasant Panchami
SaturdaySatFeb 08, 2020Feb 08Thaipusam
FridayFriFeb 21, 2020Feb 21Maha Shivaratri
MondayMonMar 09, 2020Mar 09Holika Dahan
TuesdayTueMar 10, 2020Mar 10Holi
WednesdayWedMar 25, 2020Mar 25Ugadi / Gudi Padwa / Telugu New Year
WednesdayWedMar 25, 2020Mar 25Hindi New Year
ThursdayThuApr 02, 2020Apr 02Ramanavami
WednesdayWedApr 08, 2020Apr 08Hanuman Jayanti
TuesdayTueApr 14, 2020Apr 14Vaisakhi / Baisakhi / Vishu
TuesdayTueApr 14, 2020Apr 14Bengali New Year / Bihu
TuesdayTueApr 14, 2020Apr 14Tamil New Year
SundaySunApr 26, 2020Apr 26Akshaya Tritiya
FridayFriMay 22, 2020May 22Savitri Pooja
TuesdayTueJun 23, 2020Jun 23Puri Rath Yatra
SundaySunJul 05, 2020Jul 05Guru Purnima
SaturdaySatJul 25, 2020Jul 25Nag Panchami
FridayFriJul 31, 2020Jul 31Varalakshmi Vrat
MondayMonAug 03, 2020Aug 03Raksha Bandhan
TuesdayTueAug 11, 2020Aug 11Krishna Janmashtami
SaturdaySatAug 22, 2020Aug 22Ganesh Chaturthi
MondayMonAug 31, 2020Aug 31Onam
WednesdayWedSep 16, 2020Sep 16Vishwakarma Puja
ThursdayThuSep 17, 2020Sep 17Mahalaya Amavasya
SaturdaySatOct 17, 2020Oct 17Navaratri begins
SaturdaySatOct 24, 2020Oct 24Navaratri ends / Maha Navami
SundaySunOct 25, 2020Oct 25Dusshera
FridayFriOct 30, 2020Oct 30Sharad Purnima
WednesdayWedNov 04, 2020Nov 04Karwa Chauth
FridayFriNov 13, 2020Nov 13Dhan Teras
SaturdaySatNov 14, 2020Nov 14Diwali
MondayMonNov 16, 2020Nov 16Bhai Dooj
FridayFriNov 20, 2020Nov 20Chhath Puja
MondayMonNov 30, 2020Nov 30Kartik Poornima
TuesdayTueDec 15, 2020Dec 15Dhanu Sankranti
FridayFriDec 25, 2020Dec 25Geeta Jayanti