The move finished (or almost), the boxes unpacked and the new housing ready (or not): and if it was time to think about your housewarming? It is in France this medieval tradition which celebrates the installation in a new apartment or a house. But what is its origin?
The cogwheel: A Term From The Middle Ages
An essential tool for cooking in the Middle Ages, the rack allowed at the time to suspend the pots (usually used for soup or stew) over the fire in the fireplace. This metal rod with several notches was used to adjust the height of the containers relative to the flames to adjust the cooking temperature. However, the utensil was traditionally the last installed in a new home: the opportunity to invite all those who committed to the construction of the latter for a celebration where one then suspended said rack before sharing a meal. The custom has remained and one “hangs the housewarming” symbolically still today.
You Too, Hang The Housewarming!
Do you also want to organize your housewarming after finishing with the moving boxes? Be methodical and think first about your guest list, depending on the size of your home. Block a date, ideally at weekends, and let your guests know well in advance. Do not forget to warn your neighbors (unless they are invited themselves) to prevent any noise-related complaints and, during the party, do not forget to bring newcomers to the house. The Object of the evening!