Day of the Dead rises in Oklahoma City
Awareness about Dia de Los Muertos, the Mexican holiday also known as the Day of the Dead, is rising in Oklahoma City, with more events and bigger crowds taking in the sugar skull treats, the marigold blossoms and other festive traditions.
Commemorated Oct. 31-Nov. 2, it is a celebration in which families gather to remember and commune with their loved ones who have passed into the afterlife. Most local events are free, with people of all walks of life invited to respectfully learn about and participate in a festive part of Mexican culture.
"We're really excited for this year's Day of the Dead. It has grown by the thousands every year. So, we're expecting probably around 10,000 people this year," said Selena Skorman, executive director of the Plaza District Association and Plaza Business Alliance. "It has just grown exponentially in the past couple years, to the point where we are closing the streets this year. ... And I think it's going to continue growing."
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