SARASWATI PUJA – A special day for the students in Nepal


Yesterday, on January 30th, schools in Nepal celebrated an important festival: the Saraswati Puja Festival, also called Shree Panchami Day. Based on the lunar calendar, it is the day of worship of the goddess Saraswati – the goddess of knowledge, wisdom, music and art. A day of special importance for the students.

Looking closely, you will recognize that Saraswati has four hands holding different objects with symbolic meaning: The book symbolizes true knowledge and any form of learning. The garland of crystals represents the power of meditation, inner reflection, and spirituality. A pot of water represents the purifying power to separate the right from the wrong. The most famous feature of Saraswati is a musical instrument called Veena, representing all creative arts and sciences.

This day, many Nepali kids start writing their first letters and alphabets. Shree Panchami is believed to be an auspicious day to learn something new. That is why students, artists, musicians and all learners worship the goddess Saraswati in the hope of excelling their talents.

The pictures show children of Dubichaur School, paying homage to the goddess Saraswati, offering flowers, sweets and fruit. The kids sang, danced and had a lot of fun doing it.
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