To clean the house before the lunar new year is a very old custom in China dating back thousands of years . Dust is traditionally associated with “old” so cleaning the house and sweeping the dust mean bidding sayonara to the “old” and ushering in the “new”. Days before the New Year, Chinese families clean their houses, sweep the floor, wash the linens, cleaning the spider webs and dredge the ditches. People do all these things happily in the hope of a good year ahead.
I did the cleaning for my family home in Ipoh two weekends ago. I just made sure that the day did not clash with my animal sign. Yesterday I cleaned my house in Sitiawan.