Basant Panchami 2013 – Welcome Spring Season with Goddess Saraswati Puja!

Hindu festival Basant Panchami, also known as Vasant Panchami is celebrated enthusiastically in India but the celebration of this festival is spectacular in Punjab, Haryana and all northern regions. Basant means Spring and Panchami means the fifth day of the spring so it is called as Basant Panchami. Basant Panchami marks the beginning of the much awaited spring season in India. It is considered to be the birthday of goddess Saraswati. She is often pictured seated on a lotus or a peacock with four hands and wearing a pure silk white sari. Goddess Saraswati is the deity of knowledge, wisdom, learning, arts, music and science. People worship Goddess Saraswati to get enlighten with knowledge. The musicians, poets and artists pay tribute to goddess Saraswati and request her to shower her divine grace on the devotees.

Moving forward with the article about Basant Panchami 2013, let us know how we celebrate this festival. On this day people dress up in yellow clothes and offer yellow flowers to deities in the temples. People prepare yellow dishes and sweets such as Kesar Halwa and offer these to Goddess and then it is distributed among relatives and friends. During this season, the whole atmosphere is filled with vibrant yellow color. Basant Panchami festival is also celebrated in all the school and colleges with great devotion and fervor.

Basant Panchami in 2013 is one of the first festivals of the Year and celebrated with great zeal in whole India and nepal. Kite flying activity is one of the things on Basant Panchami. People fly kites on this day and celebrated widely in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Many competitions are held and winners are announced on the event. The blue sky gets filled with colorful kites and it’s a sight worth seeing.

Basant Panchami 2103 festival creates the environment of elation and spreads its magic all over the country. Happy Basant Panchami 2013 to all of You!

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Cayman Restaurants: Winners of the Taste of Cayman 2013

Taste of Cayman is a popular food and wine festival that is held on a yearly basis by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association. What began as a chili competition between only a handful of restaurants over 20 years ago has become an occasion worth celebrating that many restaurants participate in. This event, held primarily outside, now regularly sees over 40 participating restaurants and over 4, 500 guests. The 2013 Taste of Cayman, which was held on Saturday, January 26th, had a theme of Cayman culture and traditional food, and interesting features such as a demonstration kitchen and a heavy cake competition. The following Cayman restaurants won the festival awards for “Cayman’s Favourite Restaurant,” “Best Food” and “Best Dessert” respectively.

Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink

Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink is genuinely the best restaurant in the Cayman Islands, as voted by many locals. Located in Grand Cayman, this restaurant has a keen interest in sustainability and supporting small, local organizations, as well as using fresh, organic produce. A very friendly establishment, the staff of Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink are all featured on the restaurant’s website. This restaurant has such a following in the Cayman Islands that they have an online store available, from which customers can purchase specialized cook books, gift certificates, clothing and tickets to events.  

Seven at the Ritz Carlton

Seven is an island restaurant located in the Ritz Carlton at Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman. Known for their wonderful menu, Seven won the prize for “Best Food” at Taste of Cayman for their glazed pork belly with an accompaniment of Caribbean-style coleslaw. This restaurant features a selection of over 300 types of wine, as well as an exciting “Champagne Brunch” menu on Sundays. Open at 7am daily, and from 12pm to 3pm on Sundays, Seven offers private beach cabana dinners, which are available for up to 12 people. This establishment’s dinner menu features gems such as tuna tartar, conch chowder, crab cakes, prime rib, salmon and jerk chicken, while the breakfast menu offers a variety of hot beverages, as well as smoothies, cereals, French toast and eggs.

Ortanique

Ortanique won the Taste of Cayman award for “Best Dessert” for their churros, which are the best in the islands. This restaurant is located in Camana Bay’s Harbour, Grand Cayman, which is near popular Seven Mile Beach. Open for both lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and for dinner on Saturdays and brunch, lunch and dinner on Sundays, Ortanique offers ‘cuisine of the sun,’ which focuses on fresh fish and produce, and tropical flavours. Diners can sit on the veranda to enjoy the weather, and this restaurant hosts many interesting events, such as wine and cheese nights on Tuesdays, mojito nights on Mondays, tapas Thursdays and pig roasts at each full moon. In true island style, the interior is decorated to resemble a plantation.

These Cayman restaurants have some of the greatest food available on the islands, as voted by locals at the Taste of Cayman festival in January 2013. With such a great dining scene, the Cayman Islands are the perfect destination for travellers looking to explore new eateries and cuisines, as well as take in some sun and sand at the many beaches. Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink, Ortanique and Seven are great restaurants that are sure to impress.  

Chelsea Oliver enjoys literature and spending time with her family and pets, as well as travel writing.