1. Commemorated Every Six Months
This holiday is commemorated every six months (210 days) to be precise on Saniscara or Saturday Umanis Wuku Watugunung.
In 2021, Hindus in Indonesia commemorate Saraswati Day on January 30 and August 28, 2021.
2. Respect for Goddess Saraswati
Saraswati Day is also a tribute to the Goddess of Knowledge, Dewi Saraswati.
Dewi Saraswati is depicted as a figure of a beautiful four-armed woman who sits on a lotus and has the appearance of a swan and a peacock. The two right hands carry the sitar or veena and ganatri, while the two left hands carry the pustaka or keropak, while the other carries the sitar or veena.
Goddess Saraswati is also the wife of Lord Brahma who is known as the Goddess of Protection or abundance of knowledge, consciousness, and literature.
Lessons can be learned from the Saraswati celebration, including:
- Must be grateful to Hyang Widhi for His generosity who has bestowed vidya (knowledge) and intelligence
- With vidya one’s being should be free from avidya (ignorance) and lead to enlightenment, true truth and eternal happiness.
- So far, his being spiritually is still fast asleep and covered by the maya (untruth) and avidyam (ignorance). With this vidya one has to strive to be aware / aware / wake up and sleep, remove the virtual blanket, realize that we are atma, and finally reach nirvana.
- Learn and goose to become a wiser person. Geese can filter water, separate food and waste even in cloudy / dirty water or mud. Also be a good person, like a bad peacock whose hair is beautiful, beautiful, and bright even though it lives in the forest.
- We still need or study secular science and science, but it must be balanced with spiritual knowledge with sincere devotion and devotion.
- Perform pujas or prayers according to their respective beliefs simply with sincere or sincere devotion, it can be at home, shrine, or temple, and so on.