Dia de Muertos en Vancouver 2013

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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  • Celia

    Thanks for organizing this, Trish! Had to cut out right after, but I really enjoyed the lights and the music and performances.

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Dan

    Thanks for organizing this, Trish! I never knew about such an event, and it was a beautiful ceremony to honor and remember those lost to us.

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • tracy

    Thanks Trish it was a nice night sorry you couldn't join us after,maybe next time

    November 2, 2013

  • Len W.

    I'm sorry to have missed this but Fridays are my hockey night. Since I know about this I'll look forward to this next year. Thanks Trish.

    November 2, 2013

  • Andy Y.

    What an awesome event! The dancers and band were great and the popcorn, hot chocolate, chowder and tea were all very yummy. Too bad about the rain, but so nice that it paused just long enough for the parade outdoors.
    Thank you Trish for organizing the meetup!

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Heather

    Thank you Trish for organizing this event. It was a really interesting experience, and I am glad that I attended it, with or without the rain.

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • kelly

    Even though it was pouring rain, it was a beautiful, poignant evening....the music was enchanting....as was the candlelight procession...thanks for arranging it Trish!

    2 · November 1, 2013

  • reyeslp

    Family stuff took over...sorry.

    November 1, 2013

  • Dan

    will be a bit late today. hopefully will see you later on the evening...

    November 1, 2013

  • Trish

    Getting ready to head down. Looking forward to seeing you all. :)

    November 1, 2013

  • Mel W.

    Sorry Kelly… Change of plans really wanted to come tonight and meet everyone for the first time… Next time Cheers all.

    November 1, 2013

  • Gordon C.

    Sorry, I'm going to have to bail too, for medical/weather reasons. I hope to catch the next event!

    November 1, 2013

  • robert

    I have a pulled Tendon in my right arm which is acting up today.sorry not able to make meeting today.Have fun everyone and see you all next time.

    November 1, 2013

  • Denis S.

    don't mind the rain but yesterday an IDIOT pulled out of a side street turning left right in front of me...I braked successfully avoiding hitting him but because of wet roads I wiped out ending with motorbike on top of me. Bike is ok but got some good bruises :(

    November 1, 2013

    • kelly

      oh no denis! i hope it's not to serious...take care of yourself...see you soon

      1 · November 1, 2013

    • Peter H

      Denis, I hope your ok. If you can, try and make it to the 'Pint Pub' on Wednesday night. Trish wants to know about PS and Elements and Lightroom, so it should be a lively evening.

      1 · November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meh. Already in a bad mood and not feeling up to walking on muddy squishy ground for hours.

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Marie

    I don't think I'm going to be able to make it, but Trish I hope to meet you soon!

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Peter H

    Trish. I'm going to 'woosh' out on the Cemetery tonight. I don't seem to have much fun shooting at night in the rain.
    But I will see you Wednesday at the Pub for a 'Pint'. :-)

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Peter H

    Trish, where about is the meet place? Where aprox. is the cemetery office building?

    October 31, 2013

    • Trish

      Oops, correction! At 39th - WEST of Fraser.

      October 31, 2013

    • Peter H

      Thanks. I plan on going early, there is an old tree there that I would like to photograph. It's closer to 33 and Fraser. Not sure how late I'll stay.

      October 31, 2013

  • Deeps

    Sorry I am fighting a migraine today and it is very unlikely that I will be in a good position tomorrow.

    October 31, 2013

  • Waseem

    Sorry, I won't be able to make it. Have fun guys

    October 31, 2013

  • Marie

    Looking forward to it! Hopefully no hard rain.

    1 · October 31, 2013

  • Alexandra C.

    Sorry, have a previous commitment.

    October 30, 2013

  • Peter H

    Sorry Carol, bad information. The Swap Meet is Sunday Nov 3rd.
    See link: http://vancouver.en.craigslist....­
    I have a shoot at 1pm. I'll try to make it to the Swap Meet early. :-(
    Although 'Early' is not in my dictionary.

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Trish

    Looking forward to seeing everyone on Friday night!

    October 27, 2013

    • Len W.

      Trish, I saw a great video on youtube on how to apply the makeup for a sugar skull. Lots of work but it sure looked cool. Maybe next year. The sugar skull demo at Mountainview is on Wednesday.http://vancouver.ca/n...­

      1 · October 27, 2013

  • Len W.

    To bad it's that night as I have hockey. It's walking distance for me. Look forward to seeing the photos.

    October 11, 2013

    • Trish

      Super Len, I'm glad you're able to take part in at least some of the fun stuff going on at Mountain View. Here's their schedule, in case you're interested: http://www.meetup.com...­

      October 14, 2013

    • Len W.

      Thanks. I think the Sugar Skull tradition could be interesting.

      1 · October 14, 2013

  • Michael C. B.

    Looks really interesting, lots of colorful material in low light

    1 · October 11, 2013

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