This Is Why The Marigold Is Used For El Día de los Muertos
El Día de Muertos is a Mexican holiday that is officially celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. Although the holiday is about death, it is more of a celebration of life. The flower traditionally used to celebrate the holiday is the Mexican marigold, and there are a few reasons for this. The marigold is said to produce a pungent odor that is thought to attract souls to their offerings, or guide them back to their graves after coming up. The flower itself is also often called the flor de muerto (flower of death). This is even used today by curanderas, Mexican folk healers, as the plant oils kill Staphylococcus aureus. It is also used to make tobacco, tea, and sacred smoke in different regions.