Mexican Markets Start Selling Marigolds for ‘The Day of the Dead’

On the outskirts of Mexico City, in the ancient region of Xochimilco which means “Flower Garden” in the Aztec language, Mexican marigolds or cempasuchiles are being prepared and transported by boat through water canals dating back to pre-Hispanic or pre-colonial times. Spanish.

Marigold flowers are believed to be able to guide the dead to the place of the living during the celebration the Day of the Dead or Memorial Day for the Dead. Mexicans will place marigolds around photos of people who have died, in graves or in temples.

The Olivares family has been farming marigolds for years to keep the tradition alive.

A girl sits in the back of a pickup truck full of marigolds at the Xochimilco flower market, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Wednesday, October 14, 2020. (Photo: AP/Marco Ugarte)

A girl sits in the back of a pickup truck full of marigolds at the Xochimilco flower market, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Wednesday, October 14, 2020. (Photo: AP/Marco Ugarte)

Felipe Olivares, who was bringing his marigold flower harvest to the traditional market in Xochimilco, said, “I like cemphasuchil for many reasons, especially its color. But also its fragrance. Once you smell its fragrance, without looking at the flower, you will remember it. Day of the Dead or Memorial Day for the Dead.”

Mexico has long had a different attitude about death, one that is more social, more accepting than many other countries in the world.

Funeral funerals and processions in Mexico often last for days and involve the entire extended family and local residents to eat together, pray and remember the deceased.

Mexicans remember the children who died on November 1. While November 2 to commemorate adults who have died. [lj/ka]

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