Vasant Panchami, or Basant Panchami, is the festival of colour yellow. Vasant means "spring" and panchami means "the fifth day," thus Vasant Panchami falls on the fifth day of spring and this year, people celebrate the festival on Feb. 12.

It highlights the coming of spring and is celebrated either in the month of January or February, according to Gregorian calendar. Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of the Vasant Panchami festival and thus it is also known as the festival of Saraswati Puja.

Yellow colour holds a special meaning for this celebration as it signifies the brilliance of nature and the vibrancy of life. People wear clothes of this colour on the day. Also, India's crop fields are filled with the colour yellow, as the yellow mustard flowers bloom at this time of the year.

Devotees keep their pens, notebooks, and pencils near the goddess Saraswati's feet to seek her blessings.The festival is mainly observed in the northern part of India. In the Punjab region, it is celebrated as a seasonal festival and is known as the Basant Festival of Kites.

This year, the muhurat (time) of Vasant Panchami puja is from 9:16 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Panchami tithi begins from 9:16 a.m. on Feb. 12 and ends at 6:39 a.m. on Feb. 13.

Here are wishes and messages on Basant Panchami/ Saraswati Puja 2016 to send to your loved ones. Also, check the slideshow for picture greetings.

No greeting card to give,
No sweet flowers to send,
No cute graphics to forward,
Just a carrying heart wishing u
Happy Basant Panchami.

May you be bestowed with
knowledge and wisdom...
Have a Blessed Vasant Panchami!

Saraswathi Namasthubhyam,
Varadey Kaamarupinee!
Vidhyarambham Karishyami,
Sidhir bhavathu mey sada !
Happy Basant Panchami

Sarswati maa aapko har wo vidya de jo aapke pas nahi hai aur jo hai us par chamak de jise apki duniya chamak uthe.

May the divine grace of Godess be with you,
Goddess Saraswati is the Light of hope and Peace,
May Goddess Saraswati Bless you with Knowledge and Wisdom.

My Heartiest good wishes to All members of your family on the auspicious day of Saraswati Puja. May Lord Saraswati showers blessings.
Happy Saraswati Puja!!

When u find a DREAM inside ur HEART...
Don't ever let it go...Coz dreams r the tiny seeds
frm which beautiful 2morrow grows.
Happy Saraswati Puja