i'd like a marigold on my chin: the flower most associated with dia de los muertos in mexico is the marigold, or cempazúchitl which is known as the flower of the dead. in aztec belief the marigold was sacred to mictlantecuhtli, the god of the dead. the souls of departed family and friends return to earth on the day of the dead, and the strong scent of marigold helps to guide them back.
The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), recently declared by UNESCO as an “oral and intangible cultural heritage of humanity,” is one of Mexico’s most cherished traditions. When the souls of the departed return their family speak quietly with them at graves adorned with offerings of food, candies, liquor, cigarettes, evertything their dead enjoyed while alive.
Pan De Los Muertos or bread of the dead, made from flour, eggs, yeast, sugar, anise, and orange peel, then decorated with skulls or bone shapes. it is highly fragrant because it is believed that the aroma will attract the souls of loved ones. The spirits "consume" the aromas