Holi, also known as Plagwa, Dol Purnima or Gaura Purnima, is an ancient Hindu festival. Today it is a festival of colors and is one of the most popular festivals in India. People toss powder and water balloons to welcome the arrival of spring. It begins on Purnima, full moon day, in the Hindu Month of Phalguni (Febaury/March) and can last from two days to as long as 16 days. Holi is an official holiday in all the states of India except those in the far south and far northeast.
During Holi, water guns and balloons filled with watercolors are squirted or thrown on family, friends and strangers. India's streets are "overtaken by crowds awash with colored powder," and people sing, dance and play to celebrate.
Bonfires are set up in many communities on the eve of Holi. An effigy of demoness Holika, sister of the king of demons, is burned. Holi is also a celebration for the God of Love and creates a perfect environment for young people to find mates and families to seal marital agreements.
Holi celebrates love, forgiveness, and triumph of good over evil, and is observed wherever there are people of Indian descent.
This is the first month of the year, January, where we Indians observe different festivals. One of such festival in Basant Panchami. Schools ask students to write an essay, paragraph on the topic. This can be also a topic for speech competitions. Here we have given a sample essay and a short speech on the topic, hope this will help you in your assignment. This information also answers some of the frequently asked questions like what is meaning of Basant Panchami, why we celebrate it and when is it in 2018?
Essay, Paragraph on Basant Panchami
Basant Panchami is a Hindu spring festival, which is also called as Vasant Panchami in western parts of India. It is observed on the 5th day of Magha Month, which falls between January and February. This year we have Basant Panchami on Monday, 22 January.
Importance of Basant Panchami
Basant Panchami is celebrated across various regions of India with different methods. Some worship goddess Saraswati, the symbol of arts, music, and learning. People visit temples, observe fasting, play devotional music, the overall environment is pleasant on the day. Some worship the god Kamadev, the Hindu god of love, people celebrate the day by remembering loved one and special friends. Other celebrate Basant Panchami by wearing yellow clothes to pay respect to mustard flowers (sarson ke phool). Some play by flying kites.
Basant Panchami name itself describes the festival, Basant means “Spring” and “Panchami” means “fifth day”, so Basant Panchami falls on the fifth day of spring.
It is mainly celebrated in north, central and westerns part of India by Hindus and Sikhs. People from Nepal, Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam visit goddess Saraswati temple and worship her. Same day is observed as ‘Sri Panchami’ in Andhra Pradesh. Basant Panchami is also celebrated in Bali which is a province in Indonesia. There it is called as “Hari Raya Saraswati” means ‘The great day of Saraswati’. Likewise, it is celebrated across the whole world where there is large Indian diaspora.
Many Indian schools or colleges celebrate the Basant Panchami festival with enthusiasm. Goddess Saraswati is a symbol of learning, arts, and music, so educational institutions arrange prayers and poojas, they worship books and instruments. Dance and music teachers celebrate it with their students and new joinees start their dance or music studies on Basant Panchami.
Some people also celebrate the Basant Panchami as a day when goddess Parvati approached the Kama to wake up Lord Shiva from long yogic meditation. This day is also called as Vasant Panchami and observed in Maharashtra and parts of Gujarat.
People mainly from Punjab celebrate the day as Basant Festival of kites. Children and adults buy “Patang” and “Dor”, some make from scratch. They fly kites in the open sky, some compete to fly it highest, some compete to cut each other “Patang Dor”. Even Punjabi Muslim from Pakistan flies kites from home rooftops during this season. Kite festival is also shown in many Bollywood movies.
Speech on Bansat Panchami
Good Morning all, we all are gathered here to celebrate the Basant Panchami. A day to take blessings of Maa Saraswati. We are also here to welcome spring with all our heart open. Let me bow down to goddess Saraswati and pray to her for her blessings.
Goddess Saraswati is the symbol of Learning, Music, and Art. She is the one who gives us intellect and talent. We as Dance Academy/ Singing School/ School/ College bow down to her and request her to bless us so that we learn and perform better to spread the joy of art and knowledge.
Note: Later this paragraph you can add content from given essay in speech too. You can also add “Spring” theme in speech too, where you can talk about the importance of spring for crops and farmers.
We hope you will like the essay and short speech on Basant Panchami or some call it Vasant Panchami. We will translate this essay in Hindi (बसंत पंचमी पर हिंदी निबंध, भाषण, पैराग्राफ), but we would like volunteers to translate it in Punjabi, so that more people, students can use this information.
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