India is called the land of festivals and with the arrival of Vasant Panchami, the festival season has begun. Vasant Panchami also known or spelled as Basant Panchami is the colorful festival of harvest and feasting. It is marked as the arrival of the spring season. Basant Panchami is celebrated across the whole country.
Basant Panchami is the festival of Hindus and is also celebrated as Saraswati Puja in many communities. This festival is celebrated across India with great joy and fervor. In Punjab, it is known as the Basant Festival of Kites.
Basant Panchami is marked as the birthday of Goddess Saraswati. Worshipping Goddess Saraswati is the most important thing in this festival as this festival is dedicated to Mata Saraswati. During this time, children, adults, toddlers, artists worship the Goddess of wisdom and education.
She symbolizes creative energy and power in all its forms, including longing and love (kama). The season and festival also celebrates the agricultural fields’ ripening with yellow flowers of mustard crop, which Hindus associate with Saraswati’s favorite color.
This day people wear yellow color clothes and a special dish called ‘Kesar Hakwa” is also prepared. On this day, Saraswati is worshiped with full dedication. People feed Brahmans with the belief that their ancestors are accepting the food. Kite-flying has become the part of this festival. Basant Panchami is a festival of religious, seasonal and social significance. It is celebrated with enthusiasm and optimism. Vasant Panchami marks the end of the winter season and beginning of the spring.