Basant Panchami is the festival of goddess Saraswati. All the devotees pray to her and offer yellow flowers, including marigold, and make sweets and delicacies that are yellow in colour. These include sweet kesari rice, malpua, kesari rajbhog, khichdi, boodi laddoo, kesari sheera and in Punjab, they even make sarson ka saag and makki ki roti, adding spice to the festival.
Don’t like winter? You must love Basant Panchami then! Basant Panchami, or Vasant Panchami, marks the end of the cold and chilling winter, marking the beginning of the much awaited spring. Yellow - the color of the spring is what everyone dresses in on this festival. This is because on this day, the fields of mustard in northern parts of India blossom and bloom. This gives a yellow hue to the mother earth and thus, men, women and children dress in this brightly color.