Goddess Saraswati, the consort of Lord Brahma, is the presiding Deity of all forms of Vidyas – i.e., learning. She is the Goddess who grants us success in Education, research, music, singing, dancing, acting, painting, sculpture etc. She is also the ruler of speech and called Vagdevi. In the orthodox Hindu tradition, before starting anything one salutes one’s Guru, Ganesha and Saraswati. These three salutations are called Vandana Trayee.
Basant Panchami, which is also known as Saraswati Puja, is a Hindu festival that is celebrated to worship Goddess Saraswati. The festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the month of Magh’, that is the onset of the spring season. Basant Panchami also announces the arrival of Holi’ which take place forty days later. The Vasant Utsava on Panchami is celebrated forty days before Spring, because any season's transition period is 40 days, and after that the season comes in to full bloom.