Dhanteras is an occasion to seek wealth and prosperity. The rituals of Dhanteras and celebrations vary from region to region. Here is a general idea of what people do on Dhanteras.
Dhanteras festival is known for shopping. The day is considered to be highly auspicious day to do new purchases and investment. On the day of Dhanteras, People purchase gold, silver and other utensils. Many people begin purchasing for Diwali celebrations like crackers, candles, diyas, idols of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi etc. The purchased item is worshiped on the main day of Diwali.
Dhanteras – Lord Dhanvantari
Lord Dhanvantari is worshiped by devotees to seek his blessings and for sound health.
The family gets together to thank Lord Dhanvantari (the physician of God) for granting them continued health and wealth in their lives.
Dhanteras – The Auspicious Day For Businessmen
On Dhanteras, businessmen purchase new account books and keep them ready for the Lakshmi puja on the day of Diwali.
Dhanteras – The Decoration
The 5 days Diwali festival begins with Dhanteras. The first lamps of Diwali are lit on the day. People light up their homes, hang up kandil, paper lanterns to mark the arrival of Diwali. Rangoli is drawn on doorways.
Dhanteras – Laxmi Pujan
People worship Goddess Lakshmi on Dhanteras in many regions in the evening. The footprints of Goddess Laxmi are drawn on the floor to symbolize her arrival. Devotional songs dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi are sung in the evening. Sweets are offered to the Goddess on the day.
Earthen lamps are lit on Dhanteras day in the evening to vanish the evil spirits. In some regions, people wake up early in the morning, take bath, wear new clothes and observe fast from sunrise to sunset. Fast is broken after lighting an earthen-lamp in front of the door of the house.
Dhanteras – Cow Worship
Cow is considered holy in India. Cows are worshipped on the day of Dhanteras in many regions.
Dhanteras – Deepdaan
Deepdaan is an important ritual observed on the day of Dhanteras in many regions.i.e. Leaves made Lamps are lit in the name of all family members. Remembering their ancestors, they let lamps to float in a river or pond.