If one is to follow authentic feng shui guidelines, there is no such thing as choosing an auspicious date for “Initial Door-Opening” or key-collection ceremony. To verify whether such feng shui principle exist is simple. Authentic feng shui principles always revolve around “阴阳 yin yang”, “五行 5-elements”, 天 Heaven 人 Human 地 Environment 三合 the power of trinity energy and many others.
Heaven refers to timing, destiny, God’s blessing (for those with religion). Human refers to Bazi profile, capacity, character, personality, talents Enviroment is basically “feng shui”. The simple truth is one have not stayed in the house so there will not be any “feng shui energy” influence that will affect you or your family. Think about a billionaire who own 20 houses, which house feng shui will affects him? Of course the house that he stayed.
By doing this ritual merely give you “peace of mind” at best.
This “key collection” ceremony – rolling of pineapples, is more like a “belief” similar to wearing something red on the first day of Chinese New Year! Does wearing red make you prosperous “huat”? You should know the answer. Common sense tell us that wearing something red on the 1st day of chinese new year will not make you prosperous BUT education, hard work, good mental attitude and many other factors do!
although there are many methods to choose an auspicious date, let’s do the popular choice by using Chinese almanac 通胜. If you go through the pages you will realise there is no such “event”. You can thumb through your fingers drop and still not find 开门or 开锁(钥匙)?
However you do need to choose auspicious dates/time for events such as 修造 / 动土renovation 移徙 relocation/migrate 作灶 change/reposition of stove 安床 installing the bed 入宅 shift in date 开市 office opening 出行 travelling 嫁娶 marriage etc.
Objectively based on feng shui perspective, choosing an auspicious date for certain events, technically the significance is the timing you “officially use or consume it”! Thus the “key-collection ceremony” or “open door ritual” drama is a total waste of time. Not to be bias if this ritual makes you happy by all means do it.
For that matter why not choose an auspicious date for completion (hdb/condo resale) when you are officially the legal owner (transfer of title deed) of the house. This is more significant than “door opening” isn’t it?
*this article was written because i am tired of explaining the insignificant of such a trivia ritual which is only popular in Singapore.