Dhanteras is an auspicious starting festival of five days long Diwali celebration. It is observed to please the Lord Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth. As the name Dhanteras itself denotes the meaning “Dhan” meaning money and it is held on the 13th day of Karthik month so observed as “teras” which collectively called Dhanteras.
Time to celebrate:
Dhanteras is held on the 13th lunar day of Karthik month (October-November)
To celebrate the auspicious day of Dhanteras, preparations being started from cleaning the houses and business premises, people makes them renovate and decorate. Entrances are made colorful with lovely traditional Rangoli designs to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. Lamps are kept burning all through the nights.People gets engaged in celebrations with lots of enthusiasm and rejoices.
Among Dhanteras prime traditions, Hindus consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that new “Dhan” or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck. With the lightening of several tiny diyas Laxmi Puja is performed in the evenings to drive away the shadows of evil spirits.