Skylawn Memorial Park has come a long way over the years since our beginning as a humble cemetery overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We are now a full-service burial ground and crematorium, even offering healing massage therapy and 24-hour phone support. We are proud of our history of excellence serving the people of the San Francisco Bay Area:
San Francisco’s Early Expansion As the 19th century drew to a close, San Francisco experienced a massive population boom. As is the case with most population booms, space eventually began to run out in the city, which led officials to look for ways to free up land for tax-generating homes and businesses. Their solution was troubling to many: In 1901, they decreed that no more cemeteries could be built within the city limits. In 1912, they went a step further and declared that all existing cemeteries in the city had to be moved outside the city limits.
Skylawn’s Creation Nearly 60 years later, San Francisco newspapers announced the creation of Skylawn Memorial Park. Designed by noted architect Aaron Green, this nonsectarian burial ground was located at the center of the peninsula, amidst rolling hills with a postcard-perfect view of the bay. The gorgeous grounds also included various sections for burials in accordance with different religions, as well as a “Garden of Inspiration” right at its entrance. The Garden featured pools of water, which represented everlasting life.
Special Sections of Skylawn Over the years, Skylawn Memorial Park grew to include special sections and features to accommodate people of certain religions or backgrounds. One of the most prominent of these is the massive memorial for members of the Elks Club. This is decorated in accordance with many Elk Club traditions. There are also designated spaces for Freemasons, deceased veterans, and those of Chinese and Jewish descent, who must be buried according to strict criteria.
Today, Skylawn Memorial Park of San Mateo still offers all the services and the same location that made us famous. Our beautiful property also plays host to a number of community events throughout the year, such as fundraisers, concerts, and charity benefits. To speak with a member of our staff, call us anytime at (650) 349-4411.
The Chinese New Year is printed on nearly every calendar in the United States. Outside of the thriving Chinese American community, it is surprising how many people are unaware of what characterizes this holiday, from eating traditional foods to paying tribute to the deceased after burial. Read on for a look at the history of the Chinese New Year and how it is followed today:
The Chinese Calendar The Chinese New Year is based on the ancient Chinese calendar system. Archaeological evidence indicates that it was created no later than the Shang Dynasty of the 14th century B.C. The calendar’s parameters often changed based on the current emperor’s preferences, and its uses also varied based on the dominant religion. In general, the calendar was dictated by lunar phases, solar solstices, and equinoxes. Twelve zodiacal animals—the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig—were used to characterize each new year.
The Traditional Chinese New Year Festivities for the Chinese New Year officially began in the middle of the twelfth month and ended around the middle of the first month, when the full moon showed signs of waxing. It was considered the most important festival, characterized by paying tributes to the deceased, sumptuous feasting, intensive cleaning, and other activities that were said to bestow good luck upon the Chinese. The festivities were capped off on the last day by eating round dumplings shaped like the full moon. This was said to represent family unity and perfection.
Modern Interpretations The Western calendar was not widely used in China until 1912 and was mandated by the government for much of the century. In 1996, China instituted the “Spring Festival,” a week off from work that let its citizens celebrate the traditional New Year. The Spring Festival is characterized by many of the same traditions as ancient times, with the addition of massive televised parades.
At Skylawn Memorial Park of San Mateo, our multilingual staff is versed in many different funeral traditions and rituals, including those that are conducted in accordance with the Chinese New Year. For more information on our funeral services, call (650) 349-4411 to speak with a member of our staff.
It is an unfortunate but well-known fact that death is unpredictable. When somebody passes on unexpectedly, surviving loved ones can be left at a loss as to how to plan and pay for funeral and burial services. Fortunately, there is a way that you can prevent any confusion after your passing through funeral “pre-planning.”
In this video, a funeral consultant discusses funeral pre-planning and how it can help you. By writing out exactly what you want at your funeral and even prepaying for certain services, you can ensure that the planning process will be relatively straightforward for your loved ones. Click play to learn more.
At Skylawn Memorial Park of San Mateo, we encourage you to consider funeral pre-planning services. Give yourself and your family this peace of mind by calling (650) 349-4411 and asking to speak with a funeral planner.
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