Housewarming or Griha Pravesh or Griha Pravesham

TL;DR Simple answer to your query is; "Housewarming" would be the most appropriate English translation of Griha Pravesh. You can write it as one word "Housewarming" or hyphenate it to "House-warming" although the former is more popular.

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We Indians tend to ape the west. "OMG! Seminal thought you were going to say?" Let me give you one more reason why, while you rein in your sarcasm.
We have two perfectly fine words to describe a momentous occasion for most middle class Indians,
Griha Pravesh or Griha Pravesham, the auspicious day when one enters a newly constructed/renovated dwelling.. The Sanskrit root is quite obvious, with the "am" at the end for all people south of the Vindhyas.
No, that wasn't enough for us or we thought the literal translation "Entering House"/"House Entering" was too drab, so someone somewhere decided to look to the , where else? west.
Lo behold!, they discovered the term Housewarming which according to Wikipedia , "descended literally from the act of warming a new house, in the days before central heating. Each guest would bring firewood, and build fires in all the available fireplaces, offering firewood as a gift. The reason being - aside from warming the house, was that it would repel evil spirits by creating a protective atmosphere of warmth"
True, we may have the small fire to invoke the various gods (thereby banishing spirits and sprites!) and a healthy one to cook the savouries, but we definitely do not subscribe to burning fire wood all over the place!
So what is the alternative you ask? To tell all the people who don't understand the vernacular terms, or the pictorial representation on invitation cards
After giving it a lot of thought and drawing inspiration from the following griha pravesh rituals,
- Forcing a cow into the house
- Making sure the milk boils over
- Breaking melons/ coconuts in front of the house
How about calling it  "Breaking In" or "Mooing In". What say you?


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