Day of the Dead flowers is the name given in Mexico to the flowers used to decorate tombstones and altars during the Day of the Dead celebrations. It is believed that the scent of the flowers will make the returning souls feel welcomed and happy.
The number twenty in this case is used to mean numerous, most likely referring to the flower's many petals, so the real meaning of the name is "flower of many petals." These flowers are also often referred to in Mexico as flor de muerto, which means flower of the dead, because they figure prominently in Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations.
Cempasuchil or marigolds are an important symbol of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and these colorful tissue paper or crepe paper flowers are used to decorate a home or Ofrenda. You will need:
The Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and helping support their spiritual journey.
Learn how you can incorporate Day of the Dead flowers and decorations into your celebration this year! Read all about Día de los Muertos history and traditions, and even find out the best type of flowers to make your celebration authentic.
The marigold is the traditional flower used to decorate graves during Day of the Dead celebrations. This is a brief history and a look at the festival in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán. Attending this ...
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Marigolds, or flowers in general, also represent the fragility of life. The marigold most commonly used in Dia de los Muertos celebrations is the Targetes erecta, Mexican marigold or Aztec marigold, otherwise known as cempasuchitl or flower of the dead. Mexican marigolds are quite tall, reaching up to 3′. Where do Marigolds Grow?
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An easy how-to on making Mexican tissue paper flowers. Here's the link tot he blog post I wrote about this project. Photos of the finished project can be fou...