First Day of Diwali: Dhanteras

dhanterasOn Dhanteras, Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, is worshipped to provide prosperity and well-being.  In the evening, the lamp is lit and Dhan-Lakshmi is welcomed into the house.  Rangoli designs are drawn on pathways, devotional hymns are sung, sweets and fruits are offered to the Goddess.

Some follow the tradition of buying gold or silver jewelry or utensils to venerate the occasion of Dhanteras.  Many wear new clothes of jewelry as they light the first lamp of Diwali.

Dhanteras oftentimes means the lady of the house receives steel or glass items for her kitchen – dishware, glasses, any item for the kitchen.  In the past, this used to be steel, now, glass is more common, so glass is given.  Maharani Mama Kavita has a tradition of ordering a Cutco knife each year, it’s a great purchase, great quality, and is steel.  What traditions do you follow on Dhanteras?

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