From scattering coins to burning sage, us Brits are certainly a superstitious bunch when it comes to moving into a new home, following age-old traditions to ensure good luck and ward off evil spirits.
Removal experts at LOVESPACE have identified the top ten most common moving rituals from around the world that will help new homeowners get prepared for the move. Whether these rituals actually work or are just old wives’ tales, they’re a fun way to mark the beginning of a new and exciting chapter.
Although it may be difficult to avoid, moving on a rainy day is considered unlucky. If you have already made plans with the moving company, you shouldn't change them for this reason alone, but if your schedule is somewhat flexible, it could be worthwhile to keep that in mind.
Odd moving traditions:
- Avoid moving on a rainy day: Light a candle: Lighting a candle on the first night in your new abode is a blessing ritual that purifies the home from evil spirits and casts out the darkness. Not to mention, it will also create a cosy ambience for your first evening spent at the new house.
- Exit through the same door you entered: According to Irish tradition, it is said that you should exit through the same door you entered when you first arrived at the house, or otherwise you will never fully settle in.
- Carry uncooked rice: In pagan superstition, it is believed that carrying uncooked rice when you step through the threshold of your new house brings fortune and means that no one will go hungry under this roof.
- Don’t accept knives or other sharp items as a housewarming gift: It may be rude to reject a present, but in some cultures, it is thought that when you receive sharp items as a housewarming gift, then your friendship with the giver will be cut. You should only accept the present if you offer a penny in return.
- Scatter coins on the floor: If you have any loose change, then scatter it across the living room floor on moving day to bring prosperity and positive energy to the household.
- Ring a bell: The sound of bells clears the space from stagnant feng shui and makes room for new and positive energies to enter the house.
- Burn sage: Burning sage cleanses the house and its aura, infusing it with peace and happiness. Saging also has a practical purpose, as it gets rid of common household toxins and improves air quality.
- Leave your old broom or mop behind: It’s a common superstition that you shouldn’t bring along an old broom or mop to your new home, as it carries all the dirt and dust from your previous house. Leave the old sweeper behind to start fresh in your new abode.
- Bring bread and salt: Bringing bread and salt is a popular housewarming tradition in many European cultures - a loaf of bread ensures that there will be food in the house and salt will provide flavour to life.
A spokesperson for LOVESPACE said: “Moving day can be stressful, so why not carry out some fun rituals that will lighten up the mood?
“These house-moving superstitions originate from all across the globe and they represent how different cultures have historically ensured a smooth transition into a new home.
“Although some of them may seem quite bizarre, a little extra luck is always needed when embarking on a fresh start.”