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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

List of Religious Holidays of Hindu in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SundaySunJan 14, 2018Jan 14Makarsankranti / Pongal
MondayMonJan 22, 2018Jan 22Vasant Panchami
WednesdayWedJan 31, 2018Jan 31Thaipusam
WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2018Feb 14Maha Shivaratri
ThursdayThuMar 01, 2018Mar 01Holika Dahan
FridayFriMar 02, 2018Mar 02Holi
SundaySunMar 18, 2018Mar 18Hindi New Year
SundaySunMar 18, 2018Mar 18Ugadi / Gudi Padwa / Telugu New Year
SundaySunMar 25, 2018Mar 25Ramanavami
SaturdaySatMar 31, 2018Mar 31Hanuman Jayanti
SaturdaySatApr 14, 2018Apr 14Tamil New Year
SaturdaySatApr 14, 2018Apr 14Vaisakhi / Baisakhi / Vishu
SundaySunApr 15, 2018Apr 15Bengali New Year / Bihu
WednesdayWedApr 18, 2018Apr 18Akshaya Tritiya
TuesdayTueMay 15, 2018May 15Savitri Pooja
SaturdaySatJul 14, 2018Jul 14Puri Rath Yatra
FridayFriJul 27, 2018Jul 27Guru Purnima
WednesdayWedAug 15, 2018Aug 15Nag Panchami
FridayFriAug 24, 2018Aug 24Onam
FridayFriAug 24, 2018Aug 24Varalakshmi Vrat
SundaySunAug 26, 2018Aug 26Raksha Bandhan
SundaySunSep 02, 2018Sep 02Krishna Janmashtami
ThursdayThuSep 13, 2018Sep 13Ganesh Chaturthi
MondayMonSep 17, 2018Sep 17Vishwakarma Puja
MondayMonOct 08, 2018Oct 08Mahalaya Amavasya
WednesdayWedOct 10, 2018Oct 10Navaratri begins
WednesdayWedOct 17, 2018Oct 17Navaratri ends / Maha Navami
FridayFriOct 19, 2018Oct 19Dusshera
TuesdayTueOct 23, 2018Oct 23Sharad Purnima
SaturdaySatOct 27, 2018Oct 27Karwa Chauth
MondayMonNov 05, 2018Nov 05Dhan Teras
WednesdayWedNov 07, 2018Nov 07Diwali
FridayFriNov 09, 2018Nov 09Bhai Dooj
TuesdayTueNov 13, 2018Nov 13Chhath Puja
FridayFriNov 23, 2018Nov 23Kartik Poornima
SundaySunDec 16, 2018Dec 16Dhanu Sankranti
TuesdayTueDec 18, 2018Dec 18Geeta Jayanti