Dhanteras, also known as Dhanatrayodashi, marks the first day of the five-day Diwali festival. ‘Dhan’ means wealth and ‘teras’ means the thirteenth day of the moon cycle. This festival of wealth is celebrated in the month of Karthik, on the 13th day of Karthik Krishna Paksh. On the occasion of Dhanteras, it is believed auspicious to purchase metals like gold and silver, and that doing so will bring prosperity and good luck for the entire family and their business ventures.
People in Lucknow are busy shopping for Dhanteras. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)