Basant Panchami one of the more important of Hindu festivals is celebrated today across India.
A day to herald in the newness and freshness of life in all that is in the primordial order of Mother nature !
It is amongst our age old celebration of spirituality and sexuality in equal part and signifies the ending of harsh winter months and the birth of Spring and the cycle of life begins anew!
The ruling color of Basant Panchami is Yellow, the brightness of which reflects the colors of bright sunshine , hope and happiness. It is customary to don yellow clothes and worship the Divine mother with yellow flowers and decorate homes in yellow.
As with all Indian festivals, this day too is symbolic of positivity, energy and optimism and enlightenment.
In many parts of India, the farmer begins his agarian cycle this day by worshipping his plough and starts sowing for the fresh harvest season. This cycle ushers in the warm days and culminates in swaying fields lush with the yellow sarson (mustard).In temples and homes in parts of North India ‘Ber’ (the fruit of the ber tree) and ‘Sangari’ is the main Prasad or ritual offering. Sangari is the bean that bears the seed of ‘mooli’ (Radish) These two items are placed in a ritual ‘thaali’ with some yellow ‘barfi’ or ‘ladoo’ (Indian sweets) along with ‘paan’ (betel leaves) , Coconut and some leaves of Sarson as ritual offering. A thall having the traditional Pooja items of water, sindoor, rice and yellow flowers complete the offering to the Divine form by the womenfolk.
The traditional dress code as usual remains yellow with ornate ‘Zari’ and ‘gotha’ with intermingling yellow and red bangles for the Pooja and the festivities roll.
Even the food for the day resonates the color of the season and sweets with yellows dominating are exchanged (kesari halwa and meethey chaawal are the scene stealers ) in the north of India.
Have a fabulous season of new beginnings blessed by Mother nature !