It is believed that Lord Saraswati was incarnated on Vasantha panjami. In Northern states of India, people worship Lord Saraswati by following Vrat on this day.
In Tamil Nadu, people worship Lord Saraswati during Navaratri time in Purattasi month. The Northern states worship Lord Durga in Navaratri period. Vasantha Panjami is observed during January-Febraury month in valarpirai thidhi. States in the Northern India worship Lord Saraswati on this day and conduct special poojas. In olden days, people in Tamil Nadu celebrate this day as festival of Lord Kamadev.
People in Northern India enroll their children to schools on Vasantha panjami. Things such as pen, pencil, other stationery items, musical instruments will be placed in front of the child. The child is told to choose one from the above. It is believed that the child will shine in the field related to the chosen item in the future.
If the child chooses a pen, he/she will shine in the academic field, while if the child chooses a musical instrument, the child will shine in the field of music.
States such as Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Tripura, Odisa and West Bengal celebrate Vasantha panjami in a grand manner. Devotees will offer colorful clothes to Lord Saraswati on this day, to seek her blessings.
Students perform prayers on the eve of 'Vasantha panjami' at a school in Amritsar.
The color 'Yellow' is given prime importance on this day. The devotees will offer yellow dress, yellow garland, yellow accessories to Lord Saraswati. Kutty Pillaiyar placed in the Saraswati pooja will also be in yellow color. Food items such as Laddu, and others will also be in yellow color in the pooja. People will even wear yellow dress at their home on this day.
In Gujarat, youngsters will fly colorful kites on the sky on Vasantha panjami.
Vasantha panjami is celebrated in an auspicious and grand manner in Brahma-Saraswati temple in Rajasthan, Uduppi Krishna temple in Karnataka and Puri Jagannath temple.