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VASANT PANCHAMI

When is Vasant Panchami in 2019?

Vasant Panchami in 2019 is on the Saturday, 9th of Feb (2/09/2019).

Vasant Panchami is on the 40th day of 2019. There are 325 days left in the year.

Vasant Panchami Facts

  • Date: Feb 09, 2019
  • 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

List of Religious Holidays of Hindu in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SundaySunJan 14, 2018Jan 14Makarsankranti / Pongal
MondayMonJan 22, 2018Jan 22Vasant Panchami
WednesdayWedJan 31, 2018Jan 31Thaipusam
WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2018Feb 14Maha Shivaratri
ThursdayThuMar 01, 2018Mar 01Holika Dahan
FridayFriMar 02, 2018Mar 02Holi
SundaySunMar 18, 2018Mar 18Hindi New Year
SundaySunMar 18, 2018Mar 18Ugadi / Gudi Padwa / Telugu New Year
SundaySunMar 25, 2018Mar 25Ramanavami
SaturdaySatMar 31, 2018Mar 31Hanuman Jayanti
SaturdaySatApr 14, 2018Apr 14Tamil New Year
SaturdaySatApr 14, 2018Apr 14Vaisakhi / Baisakhi / Vishu
SundaySunApr 15, 2018Apr 15Bengali New Year / Bihu
WednesdayWedApr 18, 2018Apr 18Akshaya Tritiya
TuesdayTueMay 15, 2018May 15Savitri Pooja
SaturdaySatJul 14, 2018Jul 14Puri Rath Yatra
FridayFriJul 27, 2018Jul 27Guru Purnima
WednesdayWedAug 15, 2018Aug 15Nag Panchami
FridayFriAug 24, 2018Aug 24Onam
FridayFriAug 24, 2018Aug 24Varalakshmi Vrat
SundaySunAug 26, 2018Aug 26Raksha Bandhan
SundaySunSep 02, 2018Sep 02Krishna Janmashtami
ThursdayThuSep 13, 2018Sep 13Ganesh Chaturthi
MondayMonSep 17, 2018Sep 17Vishwakarma Puja
MondayMonOct 08, 2018Oct 08Mahalaya Amavasya
WednesdayWedOct 10, 2018Oct 10Navaratri begins
WednesdayWedOct 17, 2018Oct 17Navaratri ends / Maha Navami
FridayFriOct 19, 2018Oct 19Dusshera
TuesdayTueOct 23, 2018Oct 23Sharad Purnima
SaturdaySatOct 27, 2018Oct 27Karwa Chauth
MondayMonNov 05, 2018Nov 05Dhan Teras
WednesdayWedNov 07, 2018Nov 07Diwali
FridayFriNov 09, 2018Nov 09Bhai Dooj
TuesdayTueNov 13, 2018Nov 13Chhath Puja
FridayFriNov 23, 2018Nov 23Kartik Poornima
SundaySunDec 16, 2018Dec 16Dhanu Sankranti
TuesdayTueDec 18, 2018Dec 18Geeta Jayanti