November 12, 2012 Leave a comment
Dhanteras falls on the thirteenth day of the month of Ashwin. The word “Dhan” means wealth. As such, this day of the five-day Diwali festival has a great importance for the rich mercantile community of Western India. Houses and business premises are renovated and decorated. Entrances are made colourful with lovely traditional motifs of Rangoli designs to welcome the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the nights.
Believing this day to be auspicious women purchase some gold or silver or at least one or two new utensils.Home appliances and new clothes and furnishing are other common purchases.The idea is that the spirit of prosperity that the heavy duty shopping signifies will continue throughout the year. Read more of this post