Spring Cleaning for 2018
The period before the 1st Solar Term 立春 till the Lunar New Year 农历新年 is the best period for spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is meant to remove the old, spoilt, unwanted and stagnant energy. By doing so new energy and hope can enter your living space and even work premise.
The Chinese practice spring cleaning before the Lunar New Year to de-clutter the space and clearing negative energy accumulated through the year so that the new and auspicious “qi” can then fill your home or office during the change of energy to the New Year.
Base on the Chinese tradition, some procedures should be observed such as getting a new broom, duster, pails and cloths for the spring cleaning. Pomelo leaves are are used to tie on new broom and duster to sweep and cleanse the entire house. You can also soak some pomelo leaves and flowers to clean or wipe the affected area in the home or office
The cleaning should begin from the main entrance and work inwards to the premise if you have enjoyed a favorable year in 2016. Otherwise you should sweep from the most inner part of the premise and out of the main entrance to clear all energy that has been build up in the premise and allow the new auspicious “qi” to fill your space.
The Dates stated below are selected from the Chinese Almanac which is meant for this activity of “cleansing & removing the old and welcoming the new -辞旧迎新”. Chose a date that does not clash with all family members residing in the household. For companies, you may want to segregate the dates for spring cleaning for staff with the clash sign.
|Commencement Date||Time Range to Start||Zodiac to Avoid|
|28th December 2017||3pm to 7pm||Goat|
|5th January 2018||1pm to 7pm||Rabbit|
|10th January 2018||7am to 12pm||Monkey|
|16th January 2018||3pm to 7pm||Tiger|
|17th January 2018||3pm to 7pm||Rabbit|
|22nd January 2018||7am to 10am||Monkey|
|28th January 2018||7am to 10am||Tiger|
|29th January 2018||7am to 12pm||Rabbit|
|3rd February 2018||9am tp 12pm||Monkey|
|5th February 2018||9am to 2pm||Dog|
|8th February 2018||9am to 2pm||Ox|
|9th February 2018||9am to 2pm||Tiger|
|10th February 2018||9am to 12pm||Rabbit|