Cleaning your home and redecorating isn’t something we suggest only doing once per year, however, the tradition of ‘spring cleaning’ is something that has taken hold in a number of cultures. Spring cleaning your home is a process which can help you have a fresh start and get your property ready for the summer. But what exactly is it and how did it start?
The Definition of Spring Cleaning
A ‘spring clean’ is the act of cleaning the entire home from top to bottom during springtime. From room to room you thoroughly clean every nook and cranny, including under the carpets, on top of bookshelves and areas which rarely get cleaned. This practice is more common in countries which experience colder temperatures during the winter.
Religious and Cultural Origins
Some people tend to think that the spring cleaning tradition started in Iran during their Persian New Year celebration which takes place on the first day of spring and involves the thorough cleaning of the home from top to bottom, just before the celebration.
Other researchers suggest that the tradition is linked to Jewish culture and the celebration of Passover. During Passover Jewish people are prohibited from eating or drinking sustenance which has been ‘leavened’ and before the festival, the residents of every home will search the house and rid it of leavening agents – at the same time thoroughly cleaning their homes.
In Christianity, Catholics clean the church alter just before the Good Friday celebration and some Orthodox Greek Christians clean their homes for a week prior to the Lent.
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