Do you and how long do you travel during All Souls day?
November 2, 2009 6:16am CST
I just got home when writing this discussion from a 4-hour travel going to my father's home town. Every year we go to my grandfather's tomb to offer him flowers, light candles and most especially offer him with prayers. It is also a day when all of my aunts and uncle together with their families gather together to do the same. Although its so tiring to travel to and from the city, yet, it is a way for us to show our love and gratitude to our grandfather. What about you? Where do you go to and how far do you travel to visit your love ones who past away?
3 Nov 09
We usually travel for 4 hours. Actually, we're lucky because my my grandparents from the both sides of the family are buried in the same place so we don't have to go from one cemetery to another. The only problem is the travel time. Our butt would hurt so much from the travel. Since it's by car and we have no choice but to sit in the car for ours. Good thing that music players are invented. It would ease the boredom
2 Nov 09
My mom's hometown is an hour away from the city we live in, so we drive over there every year. We usually go at 9am, though every year we vow to set out earlier LOL, and then we get there at around 10. The drive took longer this year though, because my sister was the one to drive, and it was her first time to drive that far. For us on our mother's side, this is like a reunion. We would usually bring flowers to our grandparents' tomb and then go have lunch and light incense sticks for our grandparents at the ancestral house. After lunch, we drive back home to the city and head to the Chinese cemetery to visit our grandparents' tomb on our dad's side. We do the same thing, bring flowers, eat, and light incense sticks. This year, we also burnt up paper money to "send" to our grandparents.
2 Nov 09
I think this is a very nice custom and an opportunity to reunite with family. In my country we don't really do this to the same extent. Catholic people visit the graves of their loved ones and place candles and flowers but that is about it.