In today’s busy world you probably do not have time to talk to your family. And that is where Visit Your Relatives Day comes in. It is a day that encourages us to either visit or communicate with our family and see how each other is.
Just another day of the year to spend with the family!
There are plenty of special family days spread out throughout the year.
I have counted 26 days. That is though besides birthdays, reunions, and other occasions.
If I am wrong about this number then please correct me by commenting below this post.
You have heard of Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. They are celebrated all over the world, although the date can differ depending on which country you are from.
These two particular days for our parents have a rich history. Father’s Day can be traced back 4,000 years to Babylon, while Mother’s Day goes back to Ancient Greece and Rome.
Visit Your Relatives Day – May 18
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Origins of Visit Your Relatives Day!
The origin of Visit Your Relatives Day though is uncertain.
I can find no history to this special day and so I do not know when it began.
If you do know then I would love to hear from you. You can comment below this post.
Despite not knowing when this day did start the message of the day is the same as all the others.
All of these days make us aware that we should spend time with our family and show that we love, care, and are there for them whenever they need us.
What You Can Do On Visit Your Relatives Day
If you do not get a chance during the year to see your family then why not make the effort and see them on Visit Your Relatives Day.
You may have even have lost touch with certain family members so please take advantage of this special day.
We do live in a fast-paced world.
We may only get to spend time with our family for a few days of the year, maybe Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day.
If you don’t live nearby then you may not get to see them at all.
So, what can you do?
You could plan a family reunion for Visit Your Relatives Day.
If you cannot get together with several members of your family then why not catch up with just your siblings, or parents, or cousins, or aunts and uncles, or any other family member that you haven’t seen in a while.
You may not be able to see your family in person due to how far you are living away from them.
So, why not make a phone call or make a video call over the Internet?
I prefer face-to-face as it just makes it so much more personal and you can connect more.
You could though send a card or a letter and show your family that you are thinking of them.
Doing at least something on this day will show them that you are thinking about them, even if you do not live near them.
My Final Thoughts
There is a saying that you may have heard, “You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family“. And that is so true.
No matter if you have had a falling out or disagreement why not take this day and show them that you care.
After all, life is too short!
I am sure you have heard that saying as well.
Visit Your Relatives Day is a day to reconnect with your family and build, (or re-build), family ties and relationships.
For me, I cherish any time of the year where I can spend with my family.
We are so wrapped up in our world, and this is especially true if you now have a family of your own.
Discover your family tree!
I particularly like this day because it gives me another chance to catch up with family and find out about my ancestors.
I can get to see a family member and ask them about my family tree.
More photos, documents, family heirlooms can be collected. And I can ask them more about what they know about my ancestors.
Not only can I find out names and dates of people to add to my tree but I could also be fortunate to hear stories that I have never heard before.
This is so true with my father.
Every time that I get a chance to speak to him he will have a story about an ancestor which he has never spoken about. It does surprise me, (and him I suppose) when these ‘new’ stories pop up.
So, if you are working on your family tree then take this time and use it wisely. You can get so much information from your relatives.
And the good thing about it is that it is FREE!
If this day was of interest to you then please check out the Days of the Year website.
There you will find information regarding this day as well as other fascinating days that are celebrated throughout the year.
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12 thoughts on “Visit Your Relatives Day”
Great post, Owain. Family is the most important thing in life. A lot of people don’t realize it, until someone they meant to spend more time with is gone. We all need to do a better job of staying connected. Thanks again for the post.
Thank you CJ. That’s exactly right what you’re saying. We all need to spend more time with our relatives. I know it can be difficult though with our busy lives, but we need to make an effort.
And speaking as a genealogist it is also important as we can find out so much from our relatives. And as I’ve said on many times some of the information if we don’t record it from our relatives then it will be lost forever.
Great highlight Owain. After reading this I feel I need to visit so many family members I have not seen.
My family are not into their ancestral history but I have been so keen to dig in and find out more. I think as all my ancestors would be from Italy and my immediate fam are all in Australia.
When discovering my family tree, what are some of the challenges when researching family line in other countries?
Thanks for the great information.
I am glad that I have inspired you to research your family tree. You will discover though that some family members will not be so interested. So may even be less than helpful. This could be because they are concerned as to what you will record. But you can reassure them that you will not share your information freely and publicly.
The challenges with searching for your ancestors overseas is knowing where to look. But also if you do know where to find information you may not be able to search those archives efficiently to find your ancestors.
You could check out my Italy Heritage post to get some guides on how to find your Italian ancestors. It’s from Shop Family Tree and they have excellent prices on collections such as this.
Looks like they have great deals for what I’d like to research.
I’ll let you what results I get.
Yes they do Vince. I particularly like th collections that they have because they have great reductions on them. They can really show you where to start your search. All the best to you.
I agree with you Owain, researching your family tree and meeting ‘long lost’ members of your family is so cool! My family and I did our tree back to the 1600s and we actually met the oldest living relative in our family when we went to Scotland on a family trip last year. It was super cool to hear him talk about how much has changed in the past 90 years of his life. I had actually never even heard of this holiday, so thank you for sharing!
It’s my absolute pleasure Craig. That’s incredible that you have gone back to the 1600s. I am impressed.
Also, I’m pleased to hear that you have met contact with lost members of your family. I too have found several cousins that I was just not aware I even had.
And your relative being in his 90s! He really must have lots of stories to pass on.
Wow Ive never even heard of this one! Where did you find out about it?
The National Day Calendar website was a great resource for me to discover this day and other special family days. You would be surprised as to what other days there are. There’s even a ‘Have a Coke Day’. Can you believe that?
Hi Owain, thanks for highlighting this, it’s not something I was aware of. You say you’re not sure where it started. Well, it could well be something that it was invented recently. After all, if you look at Facebook these days every day seems to be a day for something or other. Still, it’s a great idea for an excuse to visit relatives, not that we should really need one but these days everyone is so busy with their own lives. May 18 – that’s tomorrow! So, are you planning a visit to any relatives???
Yep, you’re right Craig, I would say that it was created recently. It’s pretty much the same story with most of the special family days that I have discovered.
I won’t be able to visit my relatives tomorrow, but I can still give them a call or contact them through the Internet. Hope you do too and say hello to your family Craig.