Floral Friday ~ Marigolds

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Floral Friday ~ Marigolds

October’s birth month flower, the marigold, is a member of the Tagetes genus. Most of us know that their pungent smell is a wonderful insect deterrent but did you know petals from certain varieties can be edible?

Marigold garlands can be seen hanging everywhere especially during ceremonial occasions. It is often referred to as the “flower of the soul” and holds the highest honor in Hindu culture.

Marigolds have an important significance in Dia de los Muertos, or as we may know it, Day of the Dead. It is believed that the strong aroma of the flowers attracts the spirits and helps guide them to return and visit their families during this ritual. It will be celebrated this year from October 31 to November 2.

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“What Flowers Are Used to Celebrate Mexico’s Day of the Dead?” TripSavvy, www.tripsavvy.com/cempasuchil-flowers-for-day-of-dead-1588749.