Introducing #CemeteryDay

I’m a follower of the “Days of the Year” website.

For those who aren’t familiar with this site, here’s what their About page says:

“Days Of The Year aims to bring all of the world’s weird, funny, wonderful and bizarre holidays under one roof, and to create the ultimate guide to celebrating each and every day.”

Scroll on through and you’ll find some weird ones like False Teeth Day (9 March), Pecan Day (25 March), International Axe Throwing Day (13 June), Lamington Day (21 July), Save Your Photos Day (last Saturday in September) or Name Your PC Day (20 November) and literally hundreds, if not thousands more.

I tend to use the site to see if there’s any “Days” that are coming up that I could use as a blog idea. For Recipe Day (or even Biscuit Day) I’ve thought of popping up my grandma’s fav Rock Bun recipe, Wedding Day I could find some old wedding pics, Grandparents Day should be easy enough to come up with something, Old Stuff Day (2 March) sounds like a fun one … and so on.

And for those who are genealogically-minded pop these on your calendar:
– Genealogy Day (2nd Saturday in March)
– Ancestor Appreciation Day (27 September)

Anyway I have some cemetery photos I’ve been wanting so share, so I was looking on their site for for any listing of “Cemetery Day”, “Headstone Day”, “Gravesite Day” or even a “Taphophilia Day”. But as there doesn’t seem to be any, so in lieu of any official “Day”, I’ve decided to make this coming Sunday 18 June “Cemetery Day”.

I’ve come up with some ways that those who wish to take part in Cemetery Day can do so:
– visit a cemetery
– visiting a cemetery is good, but photographing it is even better
– if you’ve been to a cemetery before and have photos, why not upload them to a BillionGraves or FindAGrave
– share a pic or two on your blog, or on social media of a cemetery you’ve been to

I looked into making this an “official” Day, but it seems that it has to be run as an unofficial Day first, and prove that it has a following. So that’s now my plan. As with any of the “official” Days feel free to interpret Cemetery Day as you wish.

I’m already looking forward to Sunday 18 June, and I hope you’ll join me in taking part in Cemetery Day.

For those taking part who are on social media, I’ve chosen the hashtag #CemeteryDay to keep it simple. 

6 Responses to “Introducing #CemeteryDay”

  1. Gregory Ross says:

    Many different cultures have traditions associated with visiting cemeteries and paying homage and tending the graves of loved ones. In the Christian religion the Catholics and Anglican denominations recognise All Souls Day as a holy day set aside for honoring the dead.
    At our local cemetery, Waverley Cemetery, Sydney, has a Cemetery Day on the Saturday closest to All Souls Day.

    • Alona says:

      Hi Gregory, many thanks for comments, that’s good to know, and great to know that Waverley have a Cemetery Day too.

  2. Great idea Alona. Have promoted on the Hawkesbury Cemetery Register page

  3. Jill Ball says:

    Let’s call on all geneabloggers to blog about cemeteries on Sunday.

  4. GenieJen says:

    In some Catholic parishes in Northern Ireland, they celebrate Cemetery Sunday once a year. Those who have family in the adjacent graveyard, stand by their graves while the priest offers some prayers. I thought it was a lovely idea when I heard about it.

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