In the area colored yellow and orange, a woman cleans the flowers of the dead in the chinampas of San Luis Tlaxialtemalco, Xochimilco, marigolds bloom in pots.
Moisés made it and Lilia even sold it in other states of the country.
- “At the moment they are selling for some who want for their house, but the date to start setting from the 15th, from the 15th to the 25th it sold well.” Moisés Pérez, producer San Luis Tlaxialtemalco, Xochimilco
They specialize in producing and selling flowers that grow from foreign seeds.
- “Maybe yes, it’s a seed brought from another country, but all the work is done by a Mexican, all the work in three months is the work done by a Mexican.“. Moisés Pérez, producer San Luis Tlaxialtemalco, Xochimilco
Ornaments offered at wholesale prices.
- “We will keep the price at 150 per box with 12 pieces.” Diana Peralta, producer San Luis Tlaxialtemalco, Xochimilco
A few kilometers from San Luis, the marigold is different: its trunk is tall and green; The flower sprouted like small fragrant days in the plains of San Pedro Tláhuac swamp.
Where Adam and Virginia harvested them the week before the Day of the Dead.
- “This is the original from here in Mexico because Xochimilco plants a little of it, it plants a lot in pots, it looks nice but the smell is different, it smells in the houses.” Adán Morales, producer San Pedro, Tláhuac
They are the petals that illuminate the return of loved ones.
- “We use it for the cemeteries, also for the offering, to make the small path that is made in the houses.” Virginia Ramírez, producer San Pedro, Tláhuac
Whether potted or cut, producers remember that cempasúchil belongs to a tradition … a Mexican tradition.
As producers they don’t want to lose the tradition, cempasuchil is fragrant.
- “All the people who come from outside can come and pick their own plant, as they like, and take it with them.” Diana Peralta, producer San Luis Tlaxialtemalco, Xochimilco