Day of the Dead and Marigolds in Oaxaca
Today we have a group in Oaxaca for Day of the Dead (next Sunday, November 2) and they are having a grand time. Patrick is our excellent guide there–curious and full of knowledge–and he sent me a couple of pics this morning of the truckloads of marigolds being unloaded for the Dia de Muertos celebrations. Marigolds are a traditional part of the festivities and they are used abundantly.
Yesterday they were at the flower market of Atlixco (see photos), where tons and tons of cempasuchil (marigold, the flower of the dead) and cockscomb are sold – for the altars and graves all over Mexico.