Color In the Marigold!
Cempasúchil or Aztec Marigolds hold a very special place in indigenous Mexican culture (read more below!). Download our activity sheet and color in the marigold!
About Cempasúchil or Aztec Marigolds
These bright orange and yellow flowers hold a very special place in indigenous Mexican culture. Believed to guide spirits home with their vibrant color and smell, some will crush it in their hands and sprinkle it to release the scent. Flowers, which symbolize the brevity of life, are an essential element of the Día de los Muertos ofrenda.
According to legend, cempasúchil, which comes from the Nahuatl (the language spoken by the Aztecs) words cemposalli, meaning “twenty,” and xochitl, or “flower,” making marigolds the “flower of twenty petals,” were miraculously gifted to the Nahua by Tonatiuh, their sun god, so that they might honor their dead.