Vasant Panchami

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Vasant Panchami
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Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami is a revered Hindu festival celebrated on the fifth day of the bright half of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Magha, typically falling in late January or February. Known as the herald of spring, this festival marks the beginning of springtime and is observed forty days before the actual onset of spring.

The festival holds significance across India and Nepal, primarily among Hindus, and also has historical importance in Sikh traditions. In southern regions, the day is referred to as Sri Panchami.

Moreover, in Bali and among Hindus in Indonesia, it is recognized as "Hari Raya Saraswati," symbolizing the great day of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, arts, and learning. This auspicious day also marks the commencement of the 210-day-long Balinese Pawukon calendar