All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery is a week-long event beginning with Opening night on October 26 -- and culminating with the finale, la Dia de los muertos, on the evening of Friday, November 1st.
The unique week-long cultural event offers the public an opportunity to remember their dead, whether interred at Mountain View Cemetery or not, in a gentle atmosphere of contemplative beauty.
Our event, Dia de Muertos, will be on Friday, November 1st.
We will meet and greet at 6:30pm SHARP at the Crematorium, on the cemetery grounds southeast of the cemetery office building.
After 6:45pm, we will begin to mix with the crowd. We may accept an offer of hot chocolate, and we may accept a candle to carry in the procession. There will be a music presentation and procession that will move through the cemetery (stopping at some of the shrines) and then back through the cemetery to the crematorium.
Individually (not together in one group), we will each choose to shoot what interests us as we watch and move along with the people and procession. Some of us will stand to the side to photograph the musicians and procession, and others may carry candles and join in the procession -- it's entirely up to you.
After the music and procession (estimating between 8 and 8:15pm), we will gather again at the crematorium to say goodbye. Some of us may decide to go for a beverage and/or a bite to eat afterward.
What to expect:
Dress for the weather and bring plastic bags (and elastic bands) to protect your gear if it is raining. Wear water-proof footwear even if it's not raining as you'll be walking on grass that may be very wet in places.
Please be aware and respectful of people, graves and shrines, and remember that some people are sensitive with being photographed in any recognizable way. If in doubt, wait for people to turn their faces away, or ask them if it's okay to photograph them.
See you there!