Spring starts in India with Vasant Panchami. Vasant is the time when the mustard fields with yellow flowers marking the beginning of spring. This is a festival in which everyone wears yellow, symbolizing life and nature, and offer flowers of the same color to people and the gods. A traditional sweet called Kesar halwa made from flour, sugar, nuts, cardamom and saffron yellow cakes are prepared.
The festival celebrates the arrival of spring in India and Nepal. The arrival of color and happiness is celebrated. It is held every year on the fifth day of Magh month in the Hindu calendar which corresponds to the months of January and February. This festival is full of traditions that Hindu men, women, and children perform.
The Vasant Panchami honors Saraswati, the goddess of learning and knowledge. Offerings are made throughout the day to the goddess, especially by students and youth.
Dashashwamedh Ghat, on the banks of the Ganges, is dressed in flowers and incense to the rhythm of the chanting of mantras for the celebration of Saraswati Puja. During this festival students, professionals, artists, musicians, scientists, doctors, and lawyers offer prayers and pujas. They worship with fire, water, incense and fruit, and sweets.
As is tradition, students and teachers join to celebrate the festival. Family and friends enjoy a very pleasant day ceremony.
Uttarakhand also has its own culinary traditions, yet to be discovered! The local cuisine is called Pahadi and includes dishes such as dal, chausa, fanaa, kandali, jhangora and kheer. The delights are to be enjoyed especially during the Basant Panchami. It is one of the most important religious festivals in this region symbolizing the transition between the old and a new life. In these festive days, the locals dress in yellow and change the tika on the forehead from red to yellow.
Along with this, another festival is particularly known in Uttarakhand. It takes place only in these areas and is called Phool Del. It sees the smallest children of the family wake up early in the morning. They decorate every corner of the house with bouquets of fresh and colorful flowers.
Doongri Hadimba Devi festival or fair is celebrated in Kullu to honor and to celebrate Hadimba Devi (Bhima) birthday wife. A huge fair is organized on this day; During the festival, you can glimpse the dance and musical performances by local artists.
Since the feast is celebrated on Basant Panchami, you can see colorful flowers in bloom in the Kullu valley. In addition, small colorful kites also cover the sky to mark the spring festival. Freshness, flavor, and the liveliness of flowers all around the valley offers tourists the happiest moment of their lives.