Today is Dhanteras, the first day of 5 day Diwali. Do you know what is Dhanteras

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  1. Venkatachari M profile image34
    Venkatachari Mposted 2 years ago

    Today is Dhanteras, the first day of 5 day Diwali. Do you know what is Dhanteras?

    Most Indians celebrate Diwali (Deepavali) festival for 5 days. The first day is Dhanteras, then follows Naraka chaturdashi, Diwali, Govardhan puja and Bhai dooj. Each day has its own legend for celebrating the festival.
    "Dhan" means wealth and "Teras" means 13th day of the fortnight. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi enters the house on this day. So, people purchase gold or silver coins and new metal utensils on this day and worship Goddess offering these coins and preparing sweet dish in the utensils. Lights are kept shining throughout evening and night to welcome the goddess.

  2. Sakshi Davessar profile image66
    Sakshi Davessarposted 2 years ago

    You are absolutely correct about the description of Dhanteras. Thank you for sharing Sir. Yes, truly Diwali is quite an auspicious festival for us.

    1. Venkatachari M profile image34
      Venkatachari Mposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      True, Sakshi. Diwali is the most popular and largely celebrated festival for all Indians around the world.

    2. Sakshi Davessar profile image66
      Sakshi Davessarposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes Sir.

  3. Zelkiiro profile image96
    Zelkiiroposted 2 years ago

    I only know about Diwali because of SMITE, as they usually have special sales and events in-game during Diwali centered around the Hindu pantheon. Sounds like an interesting holiday, and a lot of the celebrations I've seen online are really neat.

    (SMITE is, of course, an online game where you play as gods from various pantheons and fight in several different arenas with different goals. The pantheons include Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, Hindu, Chinese, and Mayan.)

    1. Venkatachari M profile image34
      Venkatachari Mposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      It's very interesting to know about SMITE. Thanks for the information.

    2. Zelkiiro profile image96
      Zelkiiroposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yep, the SMITE Diwali celebration is today, it seems. Lots of discounts on stuff for the Hindu gods, and there's a special Hindu-only Match of the Day. Since Diwali is all about Rama vs. Ravana, it's especially entertaining that both are playable. :V

  4. Jackie Lynnley profile image89
    Jackie Lynnleyposted 2 years ago

    Had never heard of this; so thank you for sharing a peak into your costumes and holidays. Sounds like magic.

    1. Jackie Lynnley profile image89
      Jackie Lynnleyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Oops; meant customs.

    2. Venkatachari M profile image34
      Venkatachari Mposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Jackie for the visit and reply.

  5. sriv profile image46
    srivposted 2 years ago

    Yes Sir,thats true.Diwali is really what you have explained.

    1. Venkatachari M profile image34
      Venkatachari Mposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I hope you have celebrated Dhanteras, Parul. Wish you a very Happy Deepavali.

    2. sriv profile image46
      srivposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes Sir.Happy Diwali.

  6. skperdon profile image86
    skperdonposted 2 years ago

    I never knew that Diwali was celebrated for five days. Why is Diwali celebrated for 5 days?

    1. Venkatachari M profile image34
      Venkatachari Mposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I already mentioned above about the importance of 5 days.
      First day is Dhanteras. People shop on this day for Diwali. New clothes, utensils, gold and silver ornaments and fire crackers. This is pre-preparation. Lakshmi puja is done at evening.

  7. Venkatachari M profile image34
    Venkatachari Mposted 2 years ago

    SKPERDON, I am putting my answer to your query here (as only 250 words allowed in replies thread.
    The second day is Narak Chaturdashi or Small Diwali. It was the day when Sri Krishna fought with demon Naraka and killed him with the help of his consort Satyabhama. When Krishna fell unconscious in the fight, Satyabhama fought with the demon and kept him engaged. Then Sri Krishna got conscious and killed him with his Chakra. So it is celebrated as small Diwali.
    The real Deepavali is on 3rd day when all people celebrate the death of Naraka and other demons and enjoy the day with sweets, new clothes, entertainments and fire crackers.
    The 4th day is Govardhan puja. It is said that Sri Krishna saved all cattle and people by lifting a mountain known as Govardhana on this day to protect them from the thunders and cyclones. So people worship the mountain, Sri Krishna and the cattle on this day.
    5th day is Bhai Dooj a festival for brothers. Sisters welcome the brothers and pay respects to them and feed them with delicious dishes and seek their blessings and good wishes.

    1. skperdon profile image86
      skperdonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for this explanation Venkatachari. I didn't know about the other days.

 
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