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DHANTERAS

When is Dhanteras in 2019?

Dhanteras in 2019 is on the Friday, 25th of Oct (10/25/2019).

Dhanteras is on the 298th day of 2019. There are 67 days left in the year.

Dhanteras Facts

  • Date: Oct 25, 2019
  • Regional
  • Also Called: Dhanatrayodashi
  • Celebrations: Buying precious metals (Gold)
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Indian culture is one of the ancient and unique cultures in the world. India is often and justly described as a land of fairs and festivals. Every month of the calendar holds a festival that one can enjoy and celebrate. It is impossible to understand India, and her people fully without the knowledge of Indian festivals. Festivals are India's pride and treasure. They are the fragrance of our religion. In the ancient India, festivals went hand in hand with religion. In one sense we may say that festival turned inward is religion and religion turned outward is festival. Thus, the festivals are so deeply imbued with our culture that we (Indians) have great adherent with them. They are elevating our social and cultural life.

"Dhanteras", is one of the famous festivals of India. It is an important part of Diwali celebration. It is a first day of five day celebration of Diwali festival. This auspicious day is also observed as Dhantrayodashi o or Dhanvantri Jayanti (the birth anniversary of God of Ayurveda. The word "Dhana" signifies money or wealth and "Teras" means thirteenth day as per the Hindu calendar. The festival of "Dhanteras" falls in the Hindu calendar month of "Kartik" (Oct-Nov) on the 13th lunar day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight). This auspicious day is celebrated two days before of the festival of lights "Diwali".

Every festival has its own significant story or history behind it. These stories are the key reasons to all the celebrations that are performed on these auspicious days. Some legends are also associated with the celebration of this festival.

As per the Hindu holy Scriptures, during the cosmic battle (samundra Manthan), Gods and Demons both churned the ocean (Kshira Sagar) to gain the divine nectar of immortality. God Dhanvantri emerged out of the water with the pot of elixir in his hands. Thus, the name of this day Dhanteras comes from the name Dhanvantri (The Physician of God).

Another ancient legend also describes the occasion to an interesting story about a 16 year old son of king Hima whose horoscope predicted his early death by the snake- bite on the fourth day of his marriage. On knowing this, his wife got worried but reacted intelligently. To save her husband's life, she plotted a plan. She laid out her all ornaments and lots of golden and silver coins in a heap at the entrance and lit lamps all over the place. She started narrated stories and sung a song to keep her husband from falling asleep. When Yama 'God of death' came in the guise of snake to take his life, he was temporarily blind by the sharp lights of lamps and ornaments. He was not able to enter in the chamber till morning. Thus, the prince was saved from the clutches of death by the cleverness of his wife and since then this day is celebrated in the honour of God Yama as Dhanteras or Yamadeepdaan.

Dhanteras is associated with wealth and prosperity. On this auspicious day people buy precious metals gold and silver ornaments and utensils to enhance the household prosperity. It holds special significance for the business community. All the new purchases are dedicated to goddess Lakshmi and lord Kubera. Markets and malls becomes a hectic place of activity. Getting and gifting are also an important ritual during this day. Puja is performed in the evening. Lamps are lit and placed at the entrance to welcome goddess Lakshmi for providing prosperity and well beings and to drive away the shadow of evil spirits. In the many parts of south India, there is a tradition of cows and cattle are worshiped by the farmers.

Thus the celebration of Dhanteras brings human bonding among people. It is believed that it brings immense wealth and prosperity in people's life.

Author: Dr. Nidhi Jindal

Dhanteras Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Tue
  • Oct 21, 2014
  • Mon
  • Nov 09, 2015
  • Fri
  • Oct 28, 2016
  • Tue
  • Oct 17, 2017
  • Mon
  • Nov 05, 2018
  • Fri
  • Oct 25, 2019

List of Religious Holidays of Hindu in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 15, 2019Jan 15Makarsankranti / Pongal
MondayMonJan 21, 2019Jan 21Thaipusam
SaturdaySatFeb 09, 2019Feb 09Vasant Panchami
MondayMonMar 04, 2019Mar 04Maha Shivaratri
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2019Mar 20Holika Dahan
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21Holi
FridayFriMar 22, 2019Mar 22Hindi New Year
SaturdaySatApr 06, 2019Apr 06Ugadi / Gudi Padwa / Telugu New Year
SaturdaySatApr 13, 2019Apr 13Ramanavami
SundaySunApr 14, 2019Apr 14Tamil New Year
MondayMonApr 15, 2019Apr 15Bengali New Year / Bihu
MondayMonApr 15, 2019Apr 15Vaisakhi / Baisakhi / Vishu
FridayFriApr 19, 2019Apr 19Hanuman Jayanti
TuesdayTueMay 07, 2019May 07Akshaya Tritiya
MondayMonJun 03, 2019Jun 03Savitri Pooja
ThursdayThuJul 04, 2019Jul 04Puri Rath Yatra
TuesdayTueJul 16, 2019Jul 16Guru Purnima
MondayMonAug 05, 2019Aug 05Nag Panchami
FridayFriAug 09, 2019Aug 09Varalakshmi Vrat
ThursdayThuAug 15, 2019Aug 15Raksha Bandhan
SaturdaySatAug 24, 2019Aug 24Krishna Janmashtami
MondayMonSep 02, 2019Sep 02Ganesh Chaturthi
WednesdayWedSep 11, 2019Sep 11Onam
TuesdayTueSep 17, 2019Sep 17Vishwakarma Puja
SaturdaySatSep 28, 2019Sep 28Mahalaya Amavasya
SundaySunSep 29, 2019Sep 29Navaratri begins
MondayMonOct 07, 2019Oct 07Navaratri ends / Maha Navami
TuesdayTueOct 08, 2019Oct 08Dusshera
SundaySunOct 13, 2019Oct 13Sharad Purnima
ThursdayThuOct 17, 2019Oct 17Karwa Chauth
FridayFriOct 25, 2019Oct 25Dhan Teras
SundaySunOct 27, 2019Oct 27Diwali
TuesdayTueOct 29, 2019Oct 29Bhai Dooj
SaturdaySatNov 02, 2019Nov 02Chhath Puja
TuesdayTueNov 12, 2019Nov 12Kartik Poornima
SundaySunDec 08, 2019Dec 08Geeta Jayanti
MondayMonDec 16, 2019Dec 16Dhanu Sankranti