28 October 2013

Cempasuchil

Marigolds are for sale all over the city this week for the Day of the Dead.  People use them to decorate their altars, make arches over the altars, and to make other designs.  Everyone in my youngest's school class took a pot of them today to decorate the altar they're making in the classroom.

Cempasuchil is the name for the flowers here and it comes from the Nahautl word for them. They've been used as part of observances for the dead for a very long time.

Guadalajara isn't the best place to see many Day of the Dead traditions, but because of work schedules and other restrictions, we aren't going to be able to go anywhere else this year.  But it's still an important holiday here and I'm enjoying seeing what's happening.

Next year in the Yucatan!

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