Wish you all a very Happy Vasant Panchami! It suddenly struck to me that we are gradually forgetting our festivals, traditions and the history/science behind them. This is just my humble attempt on Preserving Indian Traditions and Customs by means of my blog.
I am no expert and I’m just trying to share the knowledge that I have gained from my family, society and of course the internet.
Vasant Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of the Indian calendar month Magha.
In Hindu mythology, it is believed that the Goddess of knowledge; Goddess Saraswati was born on this day. Thus, there is great importance of worshiping Goddess Saraswati today; especially for the students and teachers. This day is also considered auspicious to begin any new studies.
Alongwith Saraswati Puja, Vasant Panchami also signifies the end of winter season and the beginning of Spring Season; which is known as Vasant or Basant in India. This time also marks the harvest season in North India; specially the mustard fields.
Yellow colour holds importance on this day as it symbolizes ripening of crops. Moreover, yellow is known to be the colour of positivity, prosperity and energy. People dress up in yellow clothes, put yellow Tilak and even enjoy yellow-colored dishes like Boondi K Ladoo, Yellow Khichdi, etc on Vasant Panchami!
God of Love Kamdev is also worshiped on this day; making Vasant Panchami the Indian version of Valentine’s Day! 😀
Here are a few pictures of mine paying homage to this beautiful day!
PS: I do not claim 100% authenticity of the above information. It is all what I have learnt, heard and read! 🙂