Saraswati Puja is observed in the month of Magha according to the Bengali Saraswati Puja calendar. It is celebrated on the fifth day of the season spring on a full moon day and hence is known as Shree Panchami. Saraswati Puja is observed in the months of January-February according to the Gregorian calendar. Saraswati Puja also known as Vasant Panchami marks the beginning of spring when the mustard fields are in full bloom. Being a spring festival, yellow is the significant colour of the festival Saraswati Puja. Yellow flowers like marigold and food items like khichdi (mixture of rice and pulse), kesar bhaat (saffron pudding), kesar halwa (saffron pudding) form a quintessential part of the festival. Not only the flowers and food items used in this festival represent the colour of spring, but even the attires worn by devotees and young girls flaunt the mustard colour.
According to the Saraswati Puja calendar, it will be celebrated on February 1st in the year 2017 and 18th Magh, 1423 according to the Bengali calendar. The best puja muhurta or time of the daywill be7: 13 to 12: 34. The Panchami tithi for the Saraswati Puja 2017 is at 3: 41 on the 1st of February and the tithi ends at 2: 20 on the 2nd of February.