Shree Panchami also known as Basanta Panchami or Saraswati Puja is being celebrated across the country today by worshipping Hindu goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, wisdom, learning, art, music and culture.
Hindus believe that this day is special for students and new learners. Students take an early bath, observe Saraswati Puja in schools, visit temples and listen to Basanta Shrawan on this day.
Many educational institutions arrange special prayers or pujas in the morning to seek blessing of goddess Saraswati.
Similarly, young children are encouraged to write their first words on this day.
People from Hindu and Sikh communities, mainly in Nepal and eastern India, observe this festival. This day also marks the beginning of the spring season.