DHANTERAS: Monday was Dhanteras, the day leading up to Diwali considered to be an auspicious day for buying gold, silver and other valuables and even utensils. Like at Lall Bazaar [pic above], so were bazaars across the State crowded with people purchasing brass and copper utensils to mark the day as also jewellery. The rush to meet the “dastoor” was also apparent in the even heavier than usual traffic jams in Gangtok.