Ranking among the popular festivals in India, Vat Pournima is celebrated with great zeal and charm. The festival is mainly celebrated in the state of Maharashtra in the month of Jesht according to the Indian calendar. The festival of Vat Pournima mainly takes place in the period between May and June.
The Vat Pournima Festival is celebrated on "full moon". Full moon means Purnima in Sanskrit. On the day of the festival, women pray for the well being of their husbands and tie threads around a banyan tree. Banyan trees are considered to be very holy to Hindus. The festival is held to pay homage to Savitri, the legendary wife who convinced death to spare the life of her husband. Savitri refused to give her beloved husband to Yama, the lord of death. On the day of the festival, married woman observe fast. The fast is continued till the morning of the next day.
On the day of the festival of Vat Pournima, women get up early from bed and take bath. They wear traditional clothes and adorn themselves with traditional jewelry. Later in the day, they visit the temples and offer pujas to Goddess Savitri.
Traditional food also plays an important role in the Vat Pournima Festival. During the festival, traditional delicacies with rice are cooked by women. People greet each other and exchange gifts among themselves. Young people pay their respects to the elders. Women and children wear new clothes and decorate their houses with colors and flowers.