Dhanteras is one auspicious occasion that brings in joyousness, lights, celebrations and good fortune in the form of various festivals in the days to come. Dhanteras is considered a pious day to start off with the worships and purchases for the festive month ahead. As per the Indian astrology Dhanteras falls two days before the festival of light i.e. Diwali, on the 13th lunar day and during the Krishna Paksha of month Ashwin. In common households ‘Dhanteras’ is considered very auspicious as the cleanliness is observed in every nook & corner of the house, colorful ‘Rangolis’ would be made at the doorsteps and vibrant lights or traditional oil lamps would be lit to ward off darkness. People buy Dhanteras Gifts and send Dhanteras gift to India for their friends and families.
This date has special relevance to the Indian mythology as the son of the King Hima was predicted to die on the fourth day of his marriage by snake bite. However his wife showed the courage to face the god of death i.e. Yama and offered prayers and hymns in his regards. The wife also offered all her gold and silver ornaments as gifts for the yama. On the predicted date ‘Yama’ arrived as a snake but became blind because of the glare and shining of the gold and silver ornaments caused him shun away. Since then buying gold and silver gifts and items is considered very auspicious on Dhanteras as this is said to ward off the god of death, Yama.
The markets become alive with bunches of people coming to buy Dhanteras gifts for their families, friends and relatives. The women of the house consider it very auspicious to buy gold or silver idols of God Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi, coins and lamps on this special occasion of ‘Dhanteras’ which they worship for the entire year. There is a tradition of buying utensils on this day as a mark of luck and good fortune for the time ahead. The people would buy different forms of utensils, kitchen appliances, household items as Dhanteras gifts and pleasantries for their loved ones. The automobile shops and dealer have no time to relax as people rush for buying vehicles or automobiles on this auspicious date. The bookings would be long done but the deliveries would be made on Dhanteras only. Many people who are living abroad send Dhanteras gifts to India.
This festival marks a special occasion for buying gifts for the loved ones. The people would buy gold and silver jewelry, coins, decorative items and utensils as gifts for Dhanteras. In order to pass on the ‘Blessings and Good fortune’ these Dhanteras gifts are sent to expatriates across the world from India. So, take this opportunity to spread happiness, send gifts on Dhanteras 2011 to India.