Dhanteras 2016 date - Dhan Teras Puja and Festival in 2016

Dhanteras is popularly known as the first day of Diwali festival. Dhan Teras is the day chosen by many people to make investments in gold or silver. Dhanteras 2016 date is October 28. 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. Special puja and rituals are observed on the day by some communities.

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.

Some people also perform Lakshmi Puja on the day.

Importance of Dhanteras and legends associated with it can be found in this article.

What to do on Dhanteras?

Other rituals and festivities on the day
Dhantrayodashi – Another name of Dhanteras and lighting of lamps for Yama
Yampanchak – in Nepal
Tihar Festival – Diwali in Nepal begins
Yama Deepdan – Lighting of lamps for Yama
Dhanvantri Jayanti – Appearance day of God Dhanvantri