These days you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to own a house in Melbourne. With house and land packages available for future homeowners, it is easier to build a house for oneself or for the family. Add to that the fact that Melbourne is one of the best cities in the world, building a life here makes it all the more appealing.
There are also thriving developments; a good example is the Hunt Club that designs and develops peaceful communities offering a nature-friendly lifestyle. These communities are very near urban areas with complete amenities and public facilities.
For some, however, it is not enough to have the perfect piece of land or a nicely designed house. They also want to make sure the houses they build will bring luck and prosperity. Indeed, if Westerners are contented with holding house warming parties, some Asian countries have elaborate ceremonies to make their newly constructed homes a magnet for good luck.
The most famous for this are of course the Chinese. Before moving in, the Chinese make sure to bring in a couple of items that will rid the house of any bad luck. Included in these items are burning stove briquettes to smoke out any undesirable elements; bamboo, which symbolizes growth; and orange fruit.
The Filipinos also have their own way of bringing luck into the house. As soon as the house is ready for occupation, they invite their closest friends for a celebration. A priest is also called in to bless the premises to bring not only luck, but harmony and blessings to the family. At the end of the ceremony, the homeowner throws coins in every part of the house and the guests are encouraged to pick these coins for themselves. This is supposed to make the occupants of the house financially lucky.
The Thais, on the other hand, bring in water, rice and, curiously, a knife. The water and rice are for making the house abundant with food and money, while the knife is supposedly to combat evil spirits.
These ceremonies are of course very much rooted in how each culture has evolved, and whether they do bring in good fortune and luck are subject to scepticism. But then as the Chinese, Filipinos and Thais may say, you can’t argue with tradition.
You can also start your own tradition. Find out what your parents or other family members do to try and attract luck to their new homes. There is no harm in bringing in positivity and the start of a new chapter in your life.