Each year in the early spring, most Taiwanese people head to the graveyards. The occasion isn’t morbid: it’s about remembering those who have passed on and celebrating family ties, in much the same way as similar holidays around the world like Mexico’s Day of the Dead. This is the Tomb Sweeping Festival, a chance for a long weekend, and a family gathering. But like many traditions, the Tomb Sweeping Festival in Taiwan is not static, and recent years have brought some big changes in the way actual people on the ground observe it. One recent tomb sweeper, Sam, is here with us this week to tell us about the holiday and the growing gap between tradition and how people actually observe the holiday today.
- 10 April, 2021