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Marigolds / Cempazuchi

Flowers for the Day of the Dead

 

"Its flower, the cempasúchil is also called the flor de muertos ("flower of the dead") in Mexico and is used in the Día de los Muertos celebration every November 2nd. The word cempasúchil (also spelled cempazúchil) [and zempazuchiand cempazuchi] comes from the Nahuatl term for the flower zempoalxochitl, literally translated as "twenty flower". wikipedia

 

I originally got this pot of marigolds when I was teaching literature to fourth and fifth graders. We had a seasonal Literary Day of the Day ofrenda, and the kids made decorations for literary "late" (as Mme Ramatswe in Alexander McCall Smith's #1 Ladies' Detective Agency books says) characters, such as the wolf from "Little Red Riding Hood."

 

See my www.flickr.com/photos/garlandcannon/6130596973/

 

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Taken on October 27, 2011