The first and second days of November were the annual Mexican celebration, Día de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead. While it may sound a little macabre to western ears, the Day of the Dead is actually a fantastic celebration, which honours friends and family members who have passed away in a uniquely creative, colourful fashion.
And of course, one of the most important parts of any festival are the flowers!
The most important flower to the Day of the Dead is the orange Mexican Marigold, or cempasúchil. This flower is also sometimes known as the Flor de Muerto – meaning ‘flower of the dead’. The marigolds are thought to attract the souls of the departed, so decorating offerings to the dead with cempasúchil helps to guarantee that your offering will be seen by those departed souls that it was made for.
This picture shows some of these vibrant orange flowers, piled and ready for use.