Like any other Indian festival, Vasant Panchami is celebrated across India but every state has a different way of celebrating this festival. I have always referred this day as yellow day. I remember, my mom use to make us wear yellow cloths, except for my dad everyone at home would wear yellow. As I grew older I understood the reason why we wear yellow and why is this festival even celebrated. I also understood that every festival that we celebrate has a scientific reason.
Vasant Panchami or Basant Panchami or Saraswati Pooja is generally celebrated in early February as a start of spring. Vasant Panchami starts the spring cycle that then ends after 40 days with Holi (the festival of colors).
On this day Hindus worship the Goddess of Knowledge, Saraswati. It is considered as the birthday of the Goddess Saraswati. People get the idols of the Goddess which is decorated in yellow and various sweets are prepared as an offering to the Goddess.
Young kids are made to write in presence of the goddess to receive the blessings of the Goddess.
The color yellow has a huge significance in this day. People wear yellow cloths and houses are decorated with yellow flowers. People also make saffron rice on this day. Yellow color relates to the bloom of mustard flowers during this period. If you drive through Punjab and other areas where mustard is grown the entire area looks yellow because of full bloom mustard flowers.
Hope all my friends in India had a great Basant Panchami!!
Checkout what I wore on this day!