We start welcoming spring (vasant or basant) by praying to the energy Goddess of Creation and Wisdom: Saraswati. As per some of the mythological stories, this is also the day- Shiva brought Kamadeva (god of passion) back to life. Kamadeva along with his wife Rati were again able to indulge in passionate endeavors. Kamadeva was cursed to ashes by Shiva for distracting mankind from their spiritual path.
This festival of Vasant Panchami signifies start of all creation which requires passionate action. But, such acts need to be initiated with proper blessings by the very wisdom of creation: Goddess Saraswati.
People start this day by honoring and praying to Goddess Saraswati and seeking her grace and blessings. People also honor Kamadeva and Rati so as to have good desires and passion in their life.
This day is considered especially auspicious to get married. Yellow color is predominantly used today as it signifies the flourishing colors of spring. People wear yellow clothes and eat yellow foods such as saffron rice. They decorate their homes with yellow flowers.
People involved in creative pursuits, students and others in education, music and arts especially try to honor Goddess Saraswati today and seek her grace and blessings. Vasant Panchami is considered as an auspicious day to begin new ventures- particularly creative pursuits and those that require special knowledge and wisdom.
It is customary to clean books and bookcases on Vasant Panchami to honor the knowledge and wisdom contained within them.
Wishing everyone a very happy and blessed Vasant Panchami…