Take the day off from studies or reading, no books must be opened today!

The Saraswati festival is celebrated in honour of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and the arts. Her gigantic statue can be found in every school, college and university all over Bali. Families collect all their books, clean them off and dust them down, then place them in the family or school temples. Every place of learning and office is decorated lavishly and offerings of food are taken in solemn procession to the piles of books in the temples. Nobody is supposed to use books on Saraswati!

More on the Saraswati Festival by Somewhere in the world today…

Picture: Procession to Pura Taman Saraswati, by FabIndia on Flickr

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