Every culture has traditions and superstitions that they follow for life’s big events.
Whether they’re traditions that bring good luck, ward off evil spirits or superstitions to avoid a negative situation, you can use them as a fun way to celebrate your event, or, if you are one to lean a bit on the superstitious side, use them to ensure your luck!
One of the biggest events that can occur in anyone’s life is moving into a new home, so it’s safe to assume that some of these beliefs go way back and we can use them today if we want to bring luck to our big move!
Here are a few of our favorites:
LEAVE THE OLD BROOM BEHIND
According to Feng Shui, do not take your old brooms (or mops) to your new home, as they are said to hold all of the old dirt and negativity that may have been swept up with them. Instead, throw them out and purchase new brooms to symbolize a fresh start in your new space.
BRING BREAD AND SALT INTO YOUR NEW HOME
According to Jewish tradition, bread is the most basic of foods, symbolizing sustaining life. Salt never decays or spoils, symbolizing permanence in your new home.
Another moving superstition, although the origin is unknown, is to sprinkle salt in each room and around every doorway upon first entering your new home to ward off any evil spirits.
PAINT YOUR FRONT PORCH BLUE TO WARD OFF GHOSTS
ORIGIN: Southern Plantations
According to folk tradition, ghosts cannot cross water. Plantation homes down South used to paint their porches in “haint blue” in order to confuse ghosts into thinking that they were water.
DON’T MOVE INTO YOUR NEW HOME ON A FRIDAY, A SATURDAY OR A RAINY DAY
ORIGIN: Western Culture
Common in Western superstitions, it’s unlucky to move into a new house on Fridays, Saturdays and rainy days because these days of the week don’t allow you to fully settle into your new home. When is the best day to move in? According to Indian culture, it’s Thursday. In some cultures, rain on a wedding day symbolizes fertility and cleansing. But on a moving day, it may mean your belongings could get all wet.