October 28, 2016
|Last Year (2015)||9 November|
|Present Year (2016)||28 October|
|Next Year (2017)||17 October|
Dhanteras marks the beginning of five-day long festival if Diwali Festival (Festival of Lights). This festival is celebrated throughout north India and western India. While in southern parts of India, this festival is known as Dhanalakshmi pooja. This word is segmented into two parts- Dhana meaning wealth and Lakshmi signifies Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped and devotees offer their praying to her so she blesses them with wealth, good fortune and as well as material and spiritual prosperity.
When Is It Celebrated?
Dhanteras is also popularly known as Dhan Trayodashi which means Dhan –wealth and Trayodashi mean 13th day of Hindu calendar. This is the first day of celebrations of five-day-long Diwali merriment which is celebrated in Asway month of Hindu calendar. This day is succeeded by next day which is known as Naraka Chaturdashi where Baraka means hell and Chaturdashi mean 14th.
How It Is Celebrated?
On the day of Dhanteras, Goddess Lakshmi along with Lord Kubera the god of wealth and assets are worshipped. People who follow Hinduism believe that worshipping both the Gods on this auspicious day will bring lots of wealth and prosperity in their lives. On this day, all the homes and even business premises are decorated with beautiful decorations. The entrances are marked by gorgeous handmade Rangolis made by women and children. This day is believed to be very auspicious to buy Gold or silver articles or at least one utensils. The entrance of the home is marked with little footsteps of Goddess Lakshmi which are made symbolically by women of a house using flour and vermillion. People wear new clothes and few of people are also engaged in the game of gambling as they consider it a lucky game to try their fortunes.