Cleaning is a principal part of human life. It happens all over the world and has been since the dawn of mankind. Spring cleaning can be traced as far back to Iranian “Nowruz”, the Persian new year, which falls on the first day of spring. To this day, Iranians continue the practice of “khooneh tekouni” which literally means “shaking the house”. This involves making sure that that everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned, from the curtains right down to the furniture.
The interesting thing with the process of cleaning is that it can alter from nation-to nation, culture-to-culture. This can be down to many factors, for example, religion, social norms, temperature, landscape and much more. Many of these intricacies and variances have become ritualised over time, much like the Iranian the practice of “khooneh tekouni”. It is this, ritualisation, which this infographic looks into further and discovers how cleaning ceremonies can contrast from around the globe.
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