Dhanteras is popularly known as the first day of Diwali and it is the day chosen by many people to make investments in gold or silver. Dhanteras 2010 date is November 3. It is observed two days before Diwali and falls on the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight of Kartik Month. In Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, the same period is the thirteenth day of Ashwina month.
Dhanvantari Jayanti, Dhantrayodashi and Yamdeepdan are also observed on the day.
A new utensil or gold or silver is bought for the house on the Dhanteras day. Some people also make it a point to make an investment on the day as it is believed that investments made on this day will appreciate.
Most people also wait for the day to purchase and give away Diwali gifts.
The day is also dedicated to Dhanavantri, the Hindu God of medicine, and therefore special Dhanvantari Puja is held on the day.
The day is of great significance to business community and homes. Houses are decorated and special rangolis are drawn on the floor. Small foot prints are made in the houses.
Dhanteras is not all about material wealth it is also a time to develop spiritual wealth and family bonding.
Dhanteras – Dhan means ‘wealth’ and theras indicates ‘the thirteenth day’.