I behold the point of view that traditional beliefs and customs do have a social context despite every one today is hooked upon to hi-tech gadgets, busy with Twitter,Face-Book and high beta social networking. One cannot afford to ignore tradition. It is very central to any society. Be it is in music, dance, dress, jewels, laws, food, festivals, celebrations, method and style of worships, job style, content management working and so on.
I am not here interested for a debate on the relevance of tradition and so on. Nor I would like to question how traditional beliefs are opinion without knowledge. Nor I am interested in a research that whether tradition has moral implications as well as religious ones.
I am pretty sure that tradition acts like a glue to hold the society together. It may act also as a frame of reference to gauge the importance of coexistence of tolerance and love.
I am not saying leave it to an American marketing company to write a realistic jingle to boost much more sales when it comes to a house warming party or to Indian Vasthu Sastra pundits or to Chinese Fengshui experts to decide the direction of your fortune and fame when it comes to house warming traditions,event management and selecting appropriate gifts.
Different cultures across the globe celebrate the entry into the new home differently. People around the world follow different house warming traditions for good luck and a prosperous new home. The connectivity of global house warming traditions is much deeper.
House warming traditions have been around for hundreds of years. The history of housewarming is a little bit sketchy. However I read sometime back that the origin of the tradition comes from Russia.
In Ireland people bless the home through a poem that reads like this-“May God grant you always-A sunbeam to warm you- A moonbeam to charm you- A sheltering angel so nothing can harm you- Laughter to cheer you- Faithful friends near you- And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you”-
In India to sanctify the home Navagraha, ganesa and lakshmi pooja (prayer) is done by Brahmin pundits. Popularly known as “Griha Pravesh pooja” is performed to remove evil spirits and bring in happiness and prosperity. In Thailand it is called “Keun Ban Mai” in Thai, which means “going up into a new house.”
The uniqueness of house warming ceremony is to underline the fact that you try to see a new perspective and positive sentiments around you as well around your new home.
Can we then conclude that we are loyal to the traditional beliefs.