UK Weather, Easter, Rhthms and Rituals, Meaning
In much of the UK, Good Friday during Easter was overcast, while Holy Saturday had amazing weather. We barbecued (braai’ed to our South African friends) and Easter Sunday was okay, albeit a bit cloudy. Unfortunately, Easter Monday is rainy and overcast. Nevertheless, we are into spring and summer is on its way!
During this time, we have been cleaning, sorting the house, and washing the car. In essence, we have been “falling into rhythm with the natural way of life” by doing Spring Cleaning, a centuries-old tradition and annual ritual we always seem to follow after the long winter months.
We’ve also had some lively discussions (or mild arguments) about the meaning of Easter, how it should be observed, consumerism, spirituality, and more. This got me thinking, so I did some research about why spring cleaning is done, and what it symbolizes, and even included some hacks and concepts learned in the army (or habits ingrained, you could say) that I try to apply to my life. These have particular meaning at this time of the year…
Spring Cleaning and New Beginnings
Spring cleaning is more than just a way to get rid of dust and grime. It has a symbolic meaning that transcends the physical act of cleaning. It represents fresh starts, new beginnings, and a renewal of life. In many cultures, it is believed that cleaning the home and preparing for warmer months brings good luck, prosperity, and health to the family. And more than likely, it probably does.
The Easter holiday, celebrated by Christians worldwide, is closely associated with spring, rebirth, and renewal. Easter marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and customs linked to Easter reflect the theme of new beginnings. Coloring and decorating Easter eggs represent the emergence of new life from an egg, while the Easter bunny symbolizes fertility and new growth. Easter is a time to reflect on the previous year, renew one’s faith, give thanks, and look forward to the future with hope and optimism.
So spring cleaning can be an exercise in spirituality, and the Easter holidays actually center on renewal and the cyclical nature of life, something all people of whatever faith or persuasion can relate to.
Persia, Passover, and China
Spring cleaning is a tradition that has been practiced for centuries, with its origins tracing back to ancient civilizations. In ancient Persia, people would clean their homes on the first day of spring in preparation for the New Year, welcoming the new season and starting the year fresh and clean.
In the Jewish tradition, spring cleaning takes on a deeper significance. It is done before Passover, a major holiday that celebrates liberation and freedom. During Passover, leavened bread is not consumed, and families go through their homes to remove any traces of leavened bread. This symbolic act of cleaning represents the removal of the “leaven” or the “puffiness” of ego, pride, and arrogance in one’s life.
In China, spring cleaning is done before the Lunar New Year. It marks the beginning of a new year and cleanses the home of any bad luck that may have accumulated over the past year. By cleaning the house thoroughly, Chinese families believe that they are making room for good fortune and prosperity to enter their lives.
Spring cleaning is a tradition that is steeped in history and culture, with each civilization adding its own unique twist to the ritual of cleaning the home. Whether it is to welcome the new season, prepare for a holiday, or ward off bad luck, spring cleaning remains a beloved tradition that is celebrated and observed around the world.
Some Army-Inspired Tips, Rituals, and Rites, for Spring Cleaning
In my time with the military, I took on some life habits that can be applied to dealing with waste, clutter, spring cleaning, efficiency, clear intention, productivity, and connectedness.
- Live with less: The army teaches you to live with only the essentials when deployed or on exercise. This means that you should get rid of things you don’t need or use. Here’s how you can apply this hack to spring cleaning:
- Sort through your belongings and create three piles: keep, donate, and throw away.
- Be honest with yourself and ask if you’ve used the item in the past year. If not, it’s time to let it go.
- Consider donating items to a local charity or thrift store.
- Be organized: In the army, everything needs to have a place. This lesson has helped me in my civilian life as well. By organizing your belongings, you can reduce clutter and make it easier to find things. Here’s how you can apply this hack to spring cleaning:
- Start by creating a cleaning plan and schedule.
- Make a list of tasks and prioritize them.
- Use storage containers to organize items in your home.
- Be resourceful: The army teaches you to make do with what you have. This means that you should find creative solutions to problems and make the most of the resources you have. Here’s how you can apply this hack to spring cleaning:
- Consider repurposing or recycling items that you are getting rid of.
- Donate clothes or furniture to a local thrift store.
- Sell items online or at a garage sale.
- Teamwork: The army teaches you the importance of working together to accomplish a common goal. This lesson can be applied to spring cleaning by involving your family in the process. Here’s how you can apply this hack to spring cleaning:
- Assign tasks to family members and make it a team effort.
- Consider turning spring cleaning into a fun activity by playing music or offering rewards.
- Take breaks and enjoy snacks together to build camaraderie.
Start New, Start Fresh
Spring cleaning over Easter is a tradition that has stood the test of time. It symbolizes a fresh start, a new beginning, and a renewal of life. By using some army hacks, you can make the cleaning process more efficient and effective. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to welcome the new season with a clean and fresh home!
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