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Vasant Panchami, Saraswati Puja, North India and West Bengal
Vasant Panchami is the ceremonial welcome of the spring season in the month of Magh according to the Hindu lunar calendar. This is a special day of worship of Hindu deities Saraswati, Shiva-Durga, Vishu-Lakshmi. People wear colourful attires, especially in bright shades of yellow, and dance, sing and make merry. In West Bengal, Saraswati, the goddess of learning, is worshipped. The festival is celebrated with fervour in the university town of Shanti Niketan.