Just thought I’d pass along a few tips from the Philippines about how to behave in a cemetery. Some countries mark All Souls Day with festivals to honour the dead taking place in cemeteries. Visitors leave the places in an absolute mess.
This Filipino Top Ten list could apply to any place in the world, whether a graveyard or a backyard. For your ghoulish reading pleasure, here is the Philippines Top Ten List for All Souls Day in Cemeteries.
1. Choose clean-burning, lead-free candles that do not yield black fumes or soot. Set alight a limited number of candles to reduce heat and pollution.
2. Offer local fresh flowers, not plastic ones, or consider bringing potted plants and flowers instead.
3. Bring your own water jug to avoid purchasing bottled water. Discarded plastic bottles add up to the country’s garbage problem.
4. Go for waste-free meals. Use reusable carriers, containers, and utensils such as lunchboxes and thermos, cloth napkins and silverwares, and not throw-away bags, wraps, foil or Styrofoam, paper napkins, and forks and spoons.
5. Buy less or only as much as you can consume in terms of food and beverage to avoid spoilage or wastage. Bring bayong or other reusable bags.
6. Cut your waste size by buying products with the least amount of packaging and avoiding single-use plastics.
7. Don’t litter, dump or burn trash in the cemetery. Leave the resting place of your loved ones litter-free.
8. Put your discards into the recycling bins if available.
9. Relieve yourself only in the proper place where one should. Keep the urinal or toilet bowl clean as a courtesy to the next user.
10. Refrain from smoking in the cemetery.