A Mexican flower market vendor takes care of her baby while selling marigold flowers (Flor de muertos) for Day of the Dead holiday in Mexico City, Mexico. A Mexican flower market vendor takes care of her baby while selling marigold flowers (Flor de muertos) for Day of the Dead holiday in Mexico City, Mexico.
Mexican market vendors unload piles of of marigold flowers (Flor de muertos) for Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico City, Mexico. Mexican market vendors unload piles of of marigold flowers (Flor de muertos) for Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico City, Mexico.

Flor de muertos

Mexico City, Mexico – October 2016

Marigold flowers (Cempasúchil) are used to adorn graves and altars during the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos). A syncretic religious holiday, combining the death veneration rituals of the ancient Aztec culture with the Catholic practice, is celebrated throughout all Mexico. Based on the belief that the souls of the departed may come back to this world on that day, people gather at the gravesites in cemeteries, praying, drinking and playing music, to joyfully remember friends or family members who have died and to support their souls on the spiritual journey.

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