Today is Basant Panchami, the festival of kites. This festival signals the change in season or more accurately, marks the advent of spring season. There is an old saying ‘Aayi basant, paala udant’ and that’s true as well. After basant, pleasant cool breeze replaces chilly winds of winter. The warmth of the sun gives comfort from the cold.
There is beauty all around as the trees/plants are laden with beautifully colored flowers which is a treat to the eyes.
Basant Panchami is celebrated all over India, but in North, especially Punjab, it is celebrated with full fervor. People wear yellow colored clothes because yellow color is associated with blooming of the mustard crop. Sweetened saffron rice or halwa is made during this day.
Basant Panchami has a special significance in my life. This is the day, when I was blessed with my first child i.e. my son. So it’s a double celebration for me. Celebrations without something meetha is incomplete and what’s better than Saffron Rice. So here is my method of making meethe chawal.