Day of the Dead flowers and history

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), is a holiday that is celebrated annually on November 1st and 2nd to honor and remember those that have passed on. The holiday resembles All Saints Day and All Souls Day, which are celebrated after Halloween on the Christian calendar.

First developed in Mexico, the Day of the Dead is most notably celebrated in Latin American regions, although it is becoming increasingly popular throughout the United States, too.

The most popular Day of the Dead flowers used for celebrations are cempazuchitl flowers, also known as “marigolds.” Day of the Dead flowers are often left as an offer from family members to include on their altar and at the grave of their loved ones.

Other popular Day of the Dead flowers include but are not limited to baby’s breath, hoary stock, cockscomb, gladiolus and chrysanthemums. Similar to marigolds, these flowers are chosen for a reason such as their colors, scents and meaning. For example, gladiolus often symbolize remembrance, which makes them an ideal choice for this type of observance.

Read more at the 1-800-Flowers Blog (Shannon O'Connor)

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