The Hindu holiday of Vasant Panchami marks the end of Winter and the first day of Spring. The color yellow has special significance during this festival, representing new blossoms and the vibrancy of all life, and kites are flown by families and in competitions. Vasant Panchami is celebrated on the 5th day of the Indian month of Magh. This day is also honored as the birthday of the Goddess Sarasvati. . . (read more at the above link - photo by D. Kundu)
The festival of Basant Panchami is dedicated to Saraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom. According to the Hindu mythology, the goddess symbolizes constant flow of knowledge and wisdom. Vasant Panchami is also believed as the birthday of Goddess Saraswati. The spring festival of Basant Panchami is especially celebrated in the institutions of learning. Children are taught their first words on this day (as an auspicious beginning to learning).
October is a special month as it marks Durga Puja, the most prominent festival in India. During this religious event, the Mother of Goddess is venerated in one form or the other. In fact, the name Durga Puja means "Worship of the Mother Goddess" (Durga, the Goddess's name, plus puja, meaning worship). Click image for full slideshow.
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The central ceremony involves the tying of a rakhi (sacred thread) by a sister on her brother's wrist. This symbolizes the sister's love and prayers for her brother's well-being, and the brother's lifelong vow to protect her.