Marigolds - Flowers of the dead

I'm sketching out a design for my large canvas and was curious why Marigolds are the chosen flower in Dia de los Muertos art. Of course, I have to look it up.

During the 3 day celebration, families clean and decorate the graves of their ancestors. The Decorations are offerings or "ofrendas" which include orange marigolds called "cempasĂșchitl". In Nahuatl, an Aztec launguage, they were originally named "cempoalxochitl", for "twenty flowers" or "Xempa Xochitl" for "dead flower". The marigolds are flowers of the dead (flor de muerto) and their scent is thought to attract souls to the offerings and back to earth. The marigolds symbolize the sun's rays. The sun is the origin of all living things, the marigold symbolizes that the deceased has not lost their place in the universe.

References that I've found helpful:

After looking up all this info, I find it funny that I used to give these to my mom every mother's day when I was in elementary school. I think that might be more likely due to the fact my elementary school was right beside a green house and marigolds are inexpensive.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...