Dhanteras, also known as Dhanatrayodashi, is a Hindu festival that marks the beginning of the five-day Diwali festival. This year, it will be observed on Friday, November 10, 2023. It falls on the thirteenth day of the Hindu month of Kartik, which usually falls in October or November. On this day, people worship Lord Dhanvantari and Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and purchase new items of gold, silver, or other metals, as it is believed that buying something new on this day brings good luck and prosperity. The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm, with people decorating their homes and lighting lamps, and is considered an auspicious time to start new ventures and make investments.