Hindus across Nepal observed the annual Basant Panchami or Shree Panchami festival on January 22, 2018.
The festival dedicated to the Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and wisdom, falls on the fifth day (Panchami) of the bright half of the month of Magh as per the Nepali Hindu Calendar.
This festival marks the beginning of the spring season every year and is celebrated by the Hindu community across the globe.
People belonging to the Sikh and Hindu communities in Nepal and Eastern India observe this holy festival that is mostly important for students and learners.
On this special day, devotees take early bath and offer prayers to the Goddess for knowledge and listen to Basant Shrawran.
Some devotees also perform a special ritual on this special day wherein they make kids start writing their first-ever words as part of the ages-old tradition.
The festival is also considered as an auspicious day for starting a new venture and taking new decisions.