Vasant Panchami is the famous festival that marks the end of the winter season and signifies the commencement of the spring season.
As Maa Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity is worshipped on Diwali and Maa Durga- the goddess of power and bravery is worshipped on Navaratri, Maa Saraswati – the goddess of knowledge and arts is worshipped on ‘Vasant Panchami’.
Maa Saraswati is believed to be born on this day. Vasant Panchami is celebrated across temples, even schools, colleges and in households in India. White color assumes a special importance on this day. Generally the ‘Murtis’ (statues) of Maa Saraswati are also covered in white as is the favourite colour of the goddess.
First lesson on reading and writing is being taught to Pre-school children on this day. Almost all Hindu educational institutes offer special prayer to the goddess on this day.
During Vasant Panchami young girls wear bright Yellow dresses and participate in the festive events as the color signifies the beauty of nature and liveliness of life.
Even farms across India are decorated ‘yellow’ by the Mustard flowers which blossom during this time of the year.