This year, the nation is celebrating the festival of Basant Panchami today January 26.
Basant Panchami occurs when the vivid yellow blossoms of ripe mustard plants are in full bloom across rural India.
Yellow spring flowers in India include marigolds, night jasmine, yellow Hyacinth, yellow lilies, and Forsythia shrubs.
Therefore, yellow is the predominant color of Basant Panchami, which, as the name implies, corresponds to the spring season.
The festival is primarily celebrated in honor of Goddess Saraswati, who bestows the greatest wealth ever known to humans, the wealth of knowledge.
Yellow is believed to be the favorite color of the Goddess. Yellow-colored clothes are donned by people on this occasion while offering yellow flowers to the Goddess with a yellow tilak on their forehead.
Yellow is also deeply associated with auspiciousness, wisdom, and teachers in India.
On Basant Panchami, people in Rajasthan wear jasmine garlands, while newlywed couples in Maharashtra attend temples in yellow garments to offer prayers on their first Basant Panchami after marriage.
The wearing of yellow turbans is also a tradition in Punjab. People in Uttarakhand worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, and they are known to consume yellow rice or ‘meetha chawal’ and wear yellow clothing.