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It's hard to connect with family the way we did when we were young, because everybody's doing different things.
If it wasn't for Facebook, I don't know what we'd do."Garcia knows that feeling.
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.
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.
Marco Albarran, an exhibit developer at Arizona State University, says evolution is natural.“Here in the United States, they’re just trying to connect to something,” he says.
There is an exhibition of ofrendas, or offerings to the deceased on altars, as well as music, storytelling and a procession.
Dominated by black and vibrant purples, it features a large butterfly and a symbol of a cocoon.