Diwali is one of the important festivals of Hindus. This year, it will be celebrated on November 7. Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi marks the beginning of the celebrations. It falls on the thirteenth lunar day of Karthik Krishna Paksha in the Kartik month. According to the legends, on this day, goddess Lakshmi came out of samudra manthan. Hindus devotees worship Lord Kubera, who is also known as the God of wealth. It is believed that buying gold, silver, vessels and other such things on this auspicious day bring good luck.

According to drikpanchang.com, here are all the details of Dhanteras 2018:

Dhanteras Puja Mahurat: 6:05 PM to 8:01 PM
Duration: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
Pradosh Kaal: 5:29 PM to 8:07 PM
Vrishabha Kaal: 6:05 PM to 8:01 PM
Trayodashi Tithi (starts): 01:24 AM on 5th November 2018
Trayodashi Tithi (Ends): 11:46 PM on 5th November 2018

There are many legends associated with the ritual of buying gold items on Dhanteras. It is said that Yamraj took the form of a snake and came to take King Hima’s son. His daughter-in-law put a heap of gold jewellery, silver coins and diyas in the room. This blinded Yamraj’s eyes and he returned without the King’s son. Thus, it is believed that buying gold and silver jewellery on this day protect an individual from bad luck.

People clean their houses before Diwali celebrations as it is said that Goddess Lakshmi takes shelter in homes. These days, people also buy automobiles, refrigerators and many other items on Dhanteras. Thus, various brands come up with exciting discount offers on this day.

Diwali symbolises the victory of good over evil. On this day, Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya with his wife Sita and younger brother Lakshman after killing demon king Ravana. The five-days long celebration comes to an end with Govardhan Puja and Bhaiya Dooj.