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    In north India, especially in Punjab and Haryana states, the arrival of the spring season is celebrated with the festival of kites. Many people see it as a day to commence new work and perform house-warming ceremonies. The colour yellow holds significance on this day, as it coincides with the mustard harvest.

    As people in different parts of India are marking the Basant Panchami festival on Monday, celebrated as a sign of the arrival of the spring season in the country, the social media is full of public greetings.

    Leading the nation on this big Hindu festival, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu tweeted their seasons' greetings.

    This day is also marked as an occasion to worship Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge, in many parts of the country.

    Textiles Minister Smiriti Irani and Information Technology and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also joined in greeting people of the country for this special festival.

    ​Noted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik wrote on his Twitter, "May the Goddess of knowledge shower her divine blessings on everyone for success in life," while Bollywood actor Anupam Kher greeted his fans on this occasion.

    ​​Exactly 40 days after Basant Panchami, India will celebrate 'Holi', the famous festival of colours.

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