Congratulations on hitting a new milestone! You are now one step closer to owning your dream home and this is an exceptionally proud moment for those going through adulthood.
But before you head off to read up on the best credit card for renovations, you may have heard of the “door opening ritual” that most Singaporeans tend to perform prior to renovating their homes for good feng shui. And if you’re pantang like us, here are some things you can do to usher in blessings and prosperity into your new homes!
Disclaimer: Do note that the following guide is based solely on our own research and we will not be in any way held liable for anything that goes wrong. There is no hard and fast rule on how you should hold this ceremony and you should only do this if you feel comfortable and happy doing so.
1. Select an auspicious date
It is important to select an auspicious date and time (you may use this online calendar) for your door opening ceremony to ensure that it doesn’t clash with you or your spouse’s zodiac sign. Do note that the selected date should also account for other immediate family members tagging along. Hence, it is best to keep to a small group and to avoid inviting outsiders. Note: If you’re really particular, it is better to hire a geomancer for this ceremony.
2. Knock, knock
Don’t forget to knock before opening the door!
3. Roll a pineapple
It is as easy as it sounds, so don’t worry even if you are #TeamGutter in bowling. The key to rolling your pineapple is to shout many auspicious phrases (see below for a list of phrases) while doing so. And when the pineapple stops rolling, be sure to take note of where it stops as it is said to be the “fortune position” of your house.
For continuation of prosperity, it is also advisable to avoid consuming the pineapple and to leave it in the house or below a random tree (according to some). In fact, the tradition of rolling a pineapple spun off from the Hokkiens, where pineapple is referred to as “ong lai” which sounds like “incoming fortune”. The act of rolling a pineapple, symbolises the ushering in of wealth and prosperity.
Auspicious Chinese phrases
– 开门大吉 (Kai Men Da Ji)
– 大吉大利 (Da Ji Da Li)
– 出入平安 (Chu Ru Ping An)
– 身体健康 (Shen Ti Jian Kang)
– 甜甜蜜蜜 (Tian Tian Mi Mi)
– 幸福美满 (Xing Fu Mei Man)
– 财源滚滚 (Cai Yuan Gun Gun)
– 永远快乐 (Yong Yuan Kuai Le)
4. Enter with auspicious items
So, you may have already done the most auspicious activity – rolling the pineapple. But, in order to amplify this effect, it is ideal to carry auspicious items for anyone that is stepping into the house. Some may hold on to items specifically requested by their geomancer, but fresh fruits are often the easier alternatives and hold great meaning. For example, apples typically symbolise safety, oranges for prosperity and pomegranates for opportunities. These fruits shall later be placed in the centre of the house with a red packet.
5. Cleanse the “air”
Now that you are finally inside your new home, it is time to open all doors and windows to let fresh air flow through. Air in geomancy is known as “qi” or “chi” (the most commonly used term across all kungfu movies and cartoons). It is believed that having good air flow in the house creates positive energy and contributes to an overall sense of wellbeing. Thus, this is a fairly important step to flush “positive energy” into your new homes.
Pro Tip: If you have stoves and taps in your homes, it is ideal to also turn them on for a few minutes to ensure all parts of your homes are flushed with positive energy.
To fully purge the house of negative energy, prepare a mixture of tea leaves, salt, rice and green beans and sprinkle this mixture at every corner of the house. The mixture of salt and tea leaves are said to ward off evil spirits and negative energy, hence it is crucial to have the last bit thrown out of the front door to fully disperse negative energy. Meanwhile, the use of rice is symbolic as it represents the abundance of food and green beans for children. In fact, it is also advisable to plant some green beans in a container as it symbolises growth.
At the end of the ceremony, don’t forget to clear out the items after the green beans have sprouted (which should take about 3 days).
Now you’re all prepared and ready to visit your new home!