Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated each year from October 31st until November 2nd. The main focus of this holiday is to honor loved ones who have passed away. Day of the Dead is a unique celebration and it should not be confused as a “Mexican version of Halloween”. This is a festive and upbeat event meant to celebrate life and not to drown in sorrow. The belief behind DOTD practices is that spirits return to the world of the living to be with their families. These Dia de los Muertos celebrations have been passed down through many generations, changing slightly each year. A few movies with references to Day of the Dead celebrations include Disney’s Coco and Spectre 007.
The Marigold is a desirable flower year round; however, the demand is much higher in the fall. The popularity increases because of Halloween and Day of the Dead ceremonies. Their yellow and orange colors mixed with a distinctive smell make them an admired fall flower. A year round positive of marigolds is their pest control properties. The pungent odor keeps small insects away, in fact many people plant marigolds in their gardens. Also known as Calendula’s, these flowers grow anywhere from 6 to 48 inches tall. Their blossoms expand anywhere between 6 to 36 inches in diameter. Native to South America, Mexico and parts of the southwestern United States.