Basant Panchami Special Food | India Canteen
Basant Panchami is a famous festival when we all worship Goddess Saraswati. As the chilly winter days melt into the more comfortable spring weather, people celebrate Basant Panchami. Basant Panchami falls on Panchami of the Sukal Paksh in the month of Magh.
Basant Panchami is celebrated with gaiety and festivity to mark the end of winter. The festive color is yellow which symbolizes the onset of Basant Ritu (Spring). The name itself signifies the festival BASANT which is associated with freshness and a new beginning in all spheres of life and PANCHAMI means fifth i.e. the fifth day of Spring.
HOW AND WHY IS BASANT PANCHAMI CELEBRATED?
Basant Panchami is celebrated all across the country. On this day, Hindu people worship Maa Saraswati, the goddess of learning, intellect and wisdom. Maa Saraswati sits on Lotus flower with Veena in one hand, she is also called as Veena Vandini.
As per the tradition, many children write their first letter after being blessed by the Goddess. In fact, some parents wait for this auspicious day for their child to begin his education.
Students and musicians seek blessings from Maa Saraswati on this auspicious day. All education-related things like books, pens, music instruments are kept near Maa’s idol to seek her divine blessings.
All over India, people host art and cultural shows, poem and music recitals in honor of Maa Saraswati. After a day full of puja and traditions, idols of Maa Saraswati are taken to rivers or sea for Visarjan (Immersed in water).
At this time in Punjab, the mustard fields are blooming with yellow color as if mother nature has spread gold all over the land. Farmers celebrate this day by singing, dancing and thanking Gods for their fields which yielded bountiful crops.
A tradition of kite flying is the main highlight of the day. People wear yellow clothes, offer yellow flowers in worship and put a yellow, turmeric tilak on their forehead. They visit temples and offer prayers to various gods.
The yellow colour is everywhere dominating on that day. Not only do people wear yellow colour clothes, even the special food that’s prepared as offering to the Goddess is also yellow. Some special food like Kesari halwa and meethe chawal are the favorites in North India.
The festival is celebrated all over India and different parts of India cook different food on this day. Here we have some special foods for this Basant Panchami.
In Bengal, people cook Suji halwa on this auspicious day. This sweet dessert serves with Puri/ Luchi to Maa Saraswati as a Bhog. This almonds and cashew rich soft and savory sooji halwa is prepared without milk and is a welcome treat for taste buds at any time and can give tough competition to any sweet dish.
Malpua is a traditional Indian Dessert which is very popular and extremely irresistible in the northern part of India. This is a deep fried pancake type dish which is mainly served with dry fruits and rabri.
Payesh is a Bengali version of kheer, rice and milk pudding flavored with cardamom, dry fruits and a sprinkle of rose water. Rice or Gobindo bhog rice is cooked in thickened sweet milk with lots of dry fruits. This is absolutely delicious.
Moong Dal Ladoos are traditional Indian festive sweets. Often prepared on Holi, Diwali, Janamashtmi or any special occasion throughout the year. A moulded sweet made with moong dal or besan(roasted gram flour) and sugar powder.
Besan Boondi is a small dumpling sweet prepared with gram flour, fried and dipped into the sugar syrup. Some people also garnish this with dry fruits or if you are not using this in any festival, then you can also serve this with chocolate chips.