Dhanteras 2018 (Dhantrayodashi 2018) Date, History: The first day of the Diwali festival is Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi. On this day Hindus worship the God of wealth, Kubera. It is also believed by many that it was on Dhanteras that Goddess Lakshmi had come out of the ocean while it was churned with a pot of gold and wealth. Devotees pay their respects and worship Lord Kubera and Goddess Lakshmi on Trayodashi. This year Dhanteras is on November 5.
According to Drikpanchang, the Dhanteras puja should be done during the pradosh Kaal that starts after sunset and lasts for two hours and 24 minutes. Sthir Lagna is considered to be the best time to start the puja on Dhanteras. The word ‘Sthir’ means immovable or fixed. It is believed that during this auspicious period, Goddess Lakshmi resides inside the home, thus making it the most suitable time for Dhanteras Pujan.
During Dhanteras, it is a common practice for people to clean up their places. In many households, with a mixture of rice and flour, imprints of little feet are drawn on the floor. This is also known as Alpona. Friends and families meet and indulge in the festivities.
There is also a long-standing custom of buying gold during Dhanteras. It is believed that a symbolic buying of gold, silver, jewellery, and utensils will act as protection against ill will and is considered auspicious, bringing good luck to every member of the family.