It's finally that time of the year again when nature is giving way to the spring bounties and Indians are gearing up for one of the most exciting festivals of the year - Vasant Panchami. Yes, as we slowly bid adieu to the chilly winter days, we know it’s time for us to welcome the goddess of learning with great pomp and show. 

Needless to say, like any other festival, we Indians can’t do away without an assortment of signature delicacies for the festival. As Vasant Panchami is celebrated with the same zeal and fervour around the country, every region has delicacies exclusive for the festival. From Khichuri in Bengal to Rava Kesari in the Western parts of the country, India zings with the tantalising aroma of decadent foods and a bright yellow hue. From attire to food and flowers, everything is yellow on Vasant Panchami. Have you ever thought about the reason behind this? Take a look:

Mythological Significance

According to the Hindu mythology, the colour yellow is deeply associated with the concept of wisdom and gurus. Hindu gods like Lord Dattatreya, Vrihaspati and Dakshinamurti are believed to impart wisdom and are adorned in yellow. And as Goddess Saraswati is known as the goddess of learning and wisdom, the colour yellow comes into play on Vasant Panchami.

Cultural Significance

The season of spring (vasant) is yellow (vasanti). Wearing and consuming yellow foods is a ritual to pay tribute to mother nature and Goddess Saraswati. Coincidentally, during this time, mustard seeds also start ripening and this bejewel planet earth with a bright yellow hue.

Scientific Significance

The cultural practices that Indians follow have deep scientific significance too. And as we are discussing the significance of yellow foods on Vasant Panchami, this practice also has scientific grounds. Our immunity system slows down in the transitioning phase from winters to spring. The yellow food that we consume (including turmeric, saffron, etc.) are great antibiotics and antiseptics that enhance our immune system.