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And that helps you cope with the other parts.”As Day of the Dead has expanded, there could be some fear that certain aspects — the spirituality, in particular — could get lost.

When you finish, and you say, 'It’s done,' and you know the purpose and meaning behind it, it’s good to have this expression.

Ken Schutz, executive director at the garden, said their event — now in its 13th year — has grown annually, something he sees as a natural progression.“Nationally, you hear more and more about Day of the Dead,” he says. But for the indigenous communities, it’s a very important holiday, and we try to stay true to that spirit."Schutz has experienced the power of Day of the Dead first-hand.

“Our country and our state is becoming more multicultural, and it’s higher on everyone’s radar. Several years ago, he spent a week in Oaxaca in southern Mexico during the annual celebration.

But now that his daughter, Frida, is 6 years old, he and his wife, Briseida Silva, have decided she can be introduced to the meaning behind the art that he does."I've been waiting for this moment so we can teach her about Dia de los Muertos," he says.

"At an earlier age, they don't understand it completely.