As Americans, we don’t have many traditions for moving into a new home, aside from planning a killer housewarming party. But around the world, there are many superstitions and traditions that everyday people follow when moving to a new home to bring them blessings and good luck. If you want a little extra assurance that your new home will be a happy one, try one of these rituals before you park the moving truck at the curb.
Keep Your Home Full of Food
The Jewish tradition of bringing bread and salt into your home is an easy one to work into your schedule. All you have to do is make sure that a loaf of bread and some salt are the first things to enter the home before any boxes or furnishings cross the doorway. The bread is believed to protect the home’s inhabitants from feeling hunger, and the salt ensures that life in the home will always be full of flavor.
If you’re up for something more complex (and messy), the Hindu tradition of boiling milk and rice is also said to prevent hunger. To complete this properly, all you have to do is place milk and rice in a pot and let it boil until it overflows onto the stove. It will cause a bit of a mess on the stove top, but it is said to make sure food stays abundant in the home. If you really want to follow the tradition, mix a bit of sugar into the rice and milk and offer it to your guests and family members.
Block Out The Bad Juju
Whether you call it negative energy, bad juju or the presence of spirits, many cultures believe that the overall aura of a home should be cleansed before you move in. In China, throwing away old brooms and mops is the first step, because these items hold on to bad energy from the old home. Next, clear the bad energy from your new home by burning some sage. All you have to do is set the sage on fire, blow the flame out, and let the sage begin to smoke. Walk around the home with the sage in a fireproof bowl or bucket, letting the smoke spread all around. For maximum efficiency, walk in a clockwise direction and use your free hand to fan the smoke around.
Cook A Housewarming Meal
Across many cultures, having a gathering with family and friends is the best way to embrace a new home. Feeding them is not just polite, it’s a time-honored tradition in European countries, where it dates back hundreds of years. People would cook a meal in the finished home to thank all of the workers that helped to make the home.
These traditional rituals may seem silly or unusual to you, but they don’t cost much or take much time to perform, so why not try one and see if you feel like it makes your new home a more positive place.