Just received the keys to your new flat? Regardless of whether it’s because of their own ‘kiasu’ spirit, or to satisfy superstitious parents, newly BTO-ed couples are increasingly performing these home ‘rituals’ by following these Chinese customs. You never know – this might just swing an unexpected windfall your way!
1. Rolling a pineapple
This tradition stems from the Hokkien term for ‘pineapple’ sounding similar to the Hokkien term for ‘welcoming prosperity’. Nothing too complicated to this – simply roll a pineapple around your house whilst saying auspicious phrases (龙马精神! 财源广进! 招財進寶!). This will ‘bless’ your new home and ensure that your residency is an abundant and prosperous one.
2. Carry auspicious items when you step in
You have your pineapple that will help you become prosperous – but to multiply its effects and attract even more wealth, all household occupants should carry auspicious items with them when they first step into the house. These can be feng shui coins, but an easier alternative is to simply use fresh fruits.
These specific fruits are typically favoured: oranges, pomegranates, apples, and peaches. These symbolise prosperity, opportunity, safety, and good health respectively.
3. Boil water
Bring a kettle with you so that you can boil water on your stove. According to Chinese customs, this will ensure that your home is filled with warmth, and also give you a leg up in your career.
4. Distribute red packets
Another tactic that will help you multiply your wealth – place sweets on your tables and desks, and also put red packets filled with new, non-folded notes in places where you typically store your money (eg in a safe). Make sure your safe is clean and in good condition before you do this, though!
If you don’t have your furniture yet, you may skip this step.
5. Open all doors and windows
When you first step into your new home, you should open all doors and windows to let the air flow through. The purpose of this is to let the ‘qi’, or positive energy renew itself and flow throughout the house.
6. Turn on taps and stove
The final step is to turn on your taps, stoves, and any electrical appliances that you might have. Leave them running for approximately three minutes – this is said to ensure that the various sectors in your home are activated and have energy flowing through them.
If you don’t have any appliances installed, fret not! Opening your windows and doors as mentioned in Step 5 will also get the job done.
What you shouldn’t do according to Chinese customs
Apart from observing these customs, make sure you avoid the following:
- Repair or assemble objects
Traditionalists believe that doing any sort of handiwork on your first day in your new home will set a bad ‘tone’ for the rest of your stay, and that your home will constantly be in a state of disrepair moving forward. This also extends to nailing objects, drilling holes – leave all these to the second day!
This one is fairly self-explanatory – we don’t need Fengshui or folklore to tell us that quarreling on your first day in your new home sets a bad precedent. s. Make sure that everyone’s well-rested, well-fed and happy to make sure that the process goes smoothly!
We hope that you’ll have good luck and fortune if you’re moving into your new home, especially if this is the first time celebrating Lunar New Year in it! Here are more tips on how you can further improve the fengshui in your living room, kitchen and bedroom.