Andrew Bush, Person driving somewhere in the last decade of the previous millennium (whereabouts unknown) I recently fell down a very satisfying rabbit hole looking up the origins of spring cleaning. Basically we don’t know where it started but like most civilized things it definitely didn’t start in western culture. There’s a theory that it comes from khaneh tekani, the practice of cleaning the home before Nowruz aka Persian new year. Nowruz falls on the first day of spring and khaneh tekani’s literal translation is “shaking the house.” I really love that.
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