Some theorize spring cleaning dates back to the Iranian Norouz, the Persian new year, which falls on the first day of spring]. Iranians practice “khooneh tekouni” which literally means “shaking the house.”
Most sources trace spring cleaning back to the “Jews removing leaven from their homes for the Passover.” Now we’re on to something but we’ve been hoodwinked! The people who fled Egypt in such haste that they didn’t have time to let bread rise … the people who were directed to remove all leaven from their homes during the Seven Days of Unleavened Bread immediately following the Passover (Exodus 12:15, 19) … they weren’t “Jewish.”
The first time the word “Jews” appears in the Bible is 2 Kings 16:6 and they are at war with “Israel”! The people in Exodus 12 were all Israel and they removed the leaven for a “feast by an everlasting ordinance.”
Today everybody knows where Judah—the “Jews” are. The real breakthrough is finding out about the other “lost” tribes of Israel.
Now for the Iranian connection: Historians know many Israelites dispersed through Parthia. When you read about Parthia, you are reading about some lost tribes of Israel. That’s why nobody teaches anything about Parthia because the general rule is that truth gets suppressed and somebody wants the lost to stay that way.
The Parthian Empire (247 BC – 224 AD) was a major Iranian political and cultural power in ancient Iran. Israelites knew God’s new year started in the spring (Exodus 12:2). Some astute historians have tracked where the Parthians and other tribes migrated and ended up.
So it’s spring and I’m cleaning out drawers, vacuuming out the van, and steam cleaning floors. But I’m not spring cleaning.
I’m removing leaven and need to finish by sundown Friday when the First Day of Unleavened Bread starts. Perhaps I’m also khooneh tekouni. There’s a good chance since it rhymes with looney!
So I’ll leave it to you to wonder why you live in a culture that knows it should be spring cleaning.
FUN FACT: I don’t spring clean. Out here in the bog my Creator does a nice job of it! None of the plants, ferns and lichen in my diet has any leaven. The only thing puffed up out here is all too often my vanity!
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