February 8, 5pm - MIT Chapel.
Vasanta Panchami is a festival that marks the arrival of spring. For many Hindus, Vasanta Panchami is the festival dedicated to Goddess Saraswati who is their ancient goddess of knowledge, language, music and all arts. The season and festival also reflects the agricultural fields which are ripening with yellow flowers of mustard crop, which Hindus associate with Saraswati's favorite color. People dress in yellow saris or shirts or accessories, share yellow colored snacks and sweets. Some add saffron to their rice then eat yellow cooked rice as a part of an elaborate feast. Many families mark this day by sitting with babies and young children, encouraging their children to write their first words with their fingers, some just study or create music together.
At Hindu Student Council’s celebration of Vasanta Panchami this year, we will perform a samuhika puja (collective worship) to Goddess Saraswati led by our chaplain, Swami Tyagananda. The event will end with a vegetarian dinner.
This festival occurs at the beginning of the spring semester, a particularly important time for students to reflect on their academic undertakings.
Photos from the event
Last updated February 16, 2020.