Spring is nearly here! Many of us are preparing for spring cleaning to deep clean our homes and prepare it for a new, fresh season.
While we know that spring cleaning is a common practice, many of us aren’t too sure as to where we got this annual practice from. We did some digging and discovered the origins of spring cleaning and why it’s important to make sure to clear away dirt and dust and open your home to new energy.
We can trace this tradition back to three different cultures.
Iranians can trace their traditional spring cleaning back to as far as 3,000 years ago and rooted in Zoroastrianism to prepare their houses before the new year. Ancient Iranian culture once believed that Satan and bad spirits resided in the dark corners of the house to prepare for the day of the spring equinox, where their new year is known as Nowruz (pronounced “no-rooz”).
Though the celebration goes beyond cleaning, the tradition begins when people prepare for Nowruz as far as three weeks prior to the equinox, clearing away old furniture, removing excess household items, dusting and deep cleaning carpets. It is through clearing away the heavy, old energy to begin a new year - to build new hope for a new year.
In the Jewish custom, Passover, held around April, is a remembrance holiday to honor the exodus of Jews from Egypt two weeks after the Jewish New Year. They keep unleavened bread, matzah, during this period of time and during Passover, keeping leavened bread, or chametz, is considered arrogant and ungrateful.
Because of this, even crumbs left from leavened bread is considered bad during this time and so it is customary to clean the house in all its entirety to ensure none of these crumbs are in their house to honor this period of time.
Chinese New Year preparations involve a “winter cleaning” to put away old things and clean their homes before the new year as a way to remove bad luck that may have occurred in the previous year to prepare for a clean slate. Once the New Year comes, there is a sweeping prohibition for the first few days to ensure that no one “sweeps away” any good fortune that enters the house.
Regardless of our beliefs, whether we have them or not, spring cleaning is a good way to tidy our homes and stir up energy - to remove old energy, create new energy, and to welcome better energy into our sacred spaces.
One thing we may forget, however, is the importance of spiritual spring cleaning to clear old ways of thinking and encourage new energy into our minds and hearts.
Spring gives us a clear annual milestone to help us prepare for another year of lessons in life and love. It is commonly known that wintertime is one of the most challenging periods in the year, particularly due to seasonal emotions and a roller coaster of feelings when we are gathered with friends and family - or perhaps acknowledging many feelings of loneliness.
We must remember to clear out not just the old things in our homes but also our own personal energy and things that no longer serve us anymore as spring comes to give us a second chance at renewing our lives through conscious energy shifts.
Some things we can do are developing new affirmations, building new boundaries, reaching out to old friends and family who provide us with unconditional love and support, letting go of unhealthy relationships, taking time to meditate and address our shadows and inner child pain.
We also highly recommend writing out old feelings and emotions that have weighed down on us and burning to release them.
Remembering to take care of ourselves during this time to welcome a new season will help lift our spirits and welcome good luck and energy for the rest of the year.
~ Victoria & the Angel Team
Victoria is a Hong Kong Canadian who has grown up and studied in 6 countries across 4 continents. Having pursued undergraduate studies in philosophy and religion, and later studied political science in graduate school, she has always been intrigued by the metaphysical world and importance of unconditional love beginning with the self. She met Morgana Starr at the age of 14, who has helped her through many challenging times in her life. Now, her goal is to find ways to reach those who believe in social sustainability through a balance of education and belief systems based on understanding and kindness.