In partnership with the Hindu Society of Minnesota, Katha Dance Theatre cordially invites you to a celebration of Saraswati Puja and Basant Panchami! This traditional Hindu festival honors Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music and art, while ushering in the first day of Spring on the Hindu calendar.
Katha Dance Theatre has held an annual celebration of Saraswati Puja and Basant Panchami since 1990, welcoming KDT students, parents, patrons and the community at large to participate. The event is deeply embedded within Indian culture, where it is celebrated throughout the country by both Hindus and Sikhs. Because the festival celebrates the goddess of knowledge, it is also commonly celebrated within Indian educational institutions. Participants in the festival are often draped in yellow garments, as the color is symbolic of the Spring season.
Taking place at the Hindu Temple of Minnesota in Maple Grove, the event’s schedule includes a religious ceremony, collaborative art-making, traditional Alpana floor painting, a celebration through dance and music, an array of authentic Indian food, and more. On this day, Katha Dance Theatre metaphorically opens its doors to the Minnesota community to celebrate together and establish strong multicultural bonds. For your reference, the full schedule is listed below:
8:30 – 9:30 am: Preparation for the ritual (a fun opportunity for families to work together)
9:30 – 10:30 am: Worship ritual (Saraswati Puja)
10:30 – 11:15 am: Community performance
11:15 am – 12 pm: Katha Dance Theatre showcase performance
12:00 – 12:30 pm: Aarti & Pushpanjali – ceremonial offering of flowers
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Prasad & lunch
WHAT: Saraswati Puja & Basant Panchami 2019
WHEN: 8:30am – 1:30 pm, Sunday, February 10, 2019
WHERE: The Hindu Temple of Minnesota (10530 Troy Lane, Maple Grove, MN 55311)
Note: this event is free and open to the public