BSS, Dhaka : Saraswati Puja, one of the religious festivals of the Hindu community, was celebrated yesterday throughout the country with traditional gaiety, religious fervour and spirit of pursuit of art and knowledge which Goddess Saraswati provides. The Hindus worship Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture, on the Vasant Panchami day with pomp every year mostly in educational institutions, where the students seek the blessings of Goddess Saraswati. Saraswati, a mythological companion of Lord Brahma, is the personification of knowledge – arts, science and crafts. She represents power, creativity and inspiration and presents herself when the weather is pleasant and nature is in its full grandeur. It is a season of inspiration and passion. Depicted as a graceful woman with a crescent moon adorning her brow, she is shown riding a swan or a peacock, or is seated on a lotus flower. On this auspicious day, Hindu children were also imparted their first lessons in reading and writing.