🌸 Yesterday was a special day in Nepal – it's 'Shreepanchami,' also known as "Saraswati Pooja," a day cherished by students. 📚
Excitement fills the air as we gather to pray to the goddess Saraswati, the epitome of education in Hinduism. 🙏 With the majority of Nepalese being Hindus, Saraswati Puja is celebrated with grandeur, especially in the plains of Nepal. 🎉
Parents eagerly embark on their children's educational journey, believing in the blessings of Saraswati. 📝 Even private schools open their doors for free admissions, symbolizing the importance of education for all.
In my childhood, I fondly remember waking up early to bathe in the chilly morning, dressed in new clothes, and offering flowers, akshyata, bheti, and agarbatti to the statue of goddess Saraswati at my school. 💐 With friends, I eagerly awaited my turn to offer prayers and receive prasad – a delightful array of fruits and sweets. 🍎🍬 The cultural programs that followed were always a highlight, although I was too shy to join the dances.
Do you celebrate Saraswati pooja? Share your experiences in the comments below! And if you're curious about Nepalese culture, consider booking a class with me.
P.S. Nepali words: akshyata (red-colored rice), bheti (money for prayer), and agarbatti (incense stick).