Significant cultural events worth noting when selling your home

As Manukau is home to many diverse ethnicities and cultures, it’s worth considering major cultural events that may affect the number of buyers inquiring about your home as those celebrating these events won’t be as focused on buying property during this time — and, naturally, you want as much interest as possible in your home!

Matariki celebrates Māori culture and in doing so brings together all New Zealanders. It is the Māori New Year. Twinkling in the winter sky just before dawn, Matariki (the Pleiades) signals the Māori New Year. Traditionally, it was a time for remembering the dead, and celebrating new life. Read more about this event here.

Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is a reflection on how the people behaved and what did they believe in the most. Celebrated also by Koreans, Mongolians, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Vietnamese. The Chinese New Year tradition is a great way to reconcile, forgetting all grudges and sincerely wishing peace and happiness for everyone. For more information on dates for 2016 celebrations, visit here.

Dīwali is a significant festival in Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and an official holiday in India. Adherents of these religions celebrate Diwali as the Festival of Lights. The five day festival of Divali occurs on the new moon between October 13 and November 14. Here are the highlights from 2014 festival.

Korean Moon Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth month (August) by the lunar calendar and is one of the largest Korean national holidays. This event is an appreciation of god and almost all institutions and stores are closed for 3–5 days because they are obligated to visit their hometown and serve their families.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, and indulging in anything that is in excess or ill-natured from dawn until sunset. Fasting is meant to teach the Muslim patience, modesty and spirituality. Ramadan is a time to fast for the sake of Allah, and to offer more prayer than usual. This year it commenced late June and finished late July. Read more on this event here.

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Shannon Corbett