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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.“It can be shocking at first, when you go beyond the color and look at the deeper meaning. There was lots of decorating and bringing colors and flowers into the home.Families would come together to prepare an altar.”Like Garcia, he went to a cemetery at night.As a child, he grew up in a “very Christian-Catholic” home, he says, and Day of the Dead was a regular part. In school, children would create skeleton-themed crafts to prepare for the holiday.Now, however, “I don’t really follow with the religion anymore,” the Tempe man says with a chuckle.