Hindu communities today across the country are observing Shree Panchami, also known as Basanta Panchami, by worshiping the Hindu goddess Saraswati, the deity of learning, wisdom, knowledge and arts. Parents and guardians start teaching alphabets to their children today with the belief that it is an auspicious day. Devotees and students thronged various Saraswati temples across the country since early morning to perform puja and make wishes. Shree Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of the waxing moon in the month of Magh according to the Nepali calendar. It is believed that from this day, the sun starts moving to the northern hemisphere, causing longer days and signalling the beginning of spring season. Marriage ceremonies and other religious functions are also performed on this day as the day is believed to be auspicious. Legend has it that reciting and listening to verses about goddess Saraswati on this day enriches knowledge.