In light of all of our recent posts on teaching about Día de los Muertos, I had to share this with our Vamos a Leer readers! This is a great post that includes the history of the marigold (you could read it with your students), along with an art activity you could implement in your classroom–marigold garlands! Hope you enjoy!

Mellano & Company

Dia de los Muertos festivals across the world use Marigolds as the centerpeice of elaborate ofrendas, or offerings to the dead.  Marigolds are a significant symbol for the Day of the Dead festivity, and are known as the “flower of the dead.” They are used to construct an offering (ofrenda) to the spirits. Marigolds are part of the offering of gifts for the spirits and often petals from the flower are spread on the ground to guide the spirit to the house and tombs. Their scent is believed to “attract the souls and draw them back.”

Since pre-Hispanic times, the Marigold plant has had medicinal purposes and it is still used in many parts of the world today. It is thought to cure stomach ache, parasites, liver illnesses, vomiting, and toothache.  All of these illnesses are said to be cured by a tea made from the flowers, eating the flowers…

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