Marigold Project

Marigold Project

Summer 2019

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders in partnership with the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and LSA Family Health Service planted marigold flowers. Volunteers will care for these flowers during the summer. Some of the flowers will be cut in October and will be part of the offering during our Day of the Dead celebration this fall.

Marigold growing partner sites:

Sherman Creek
3725 10th Ave, New York, NY 10034 (map)

LSA Family Health Services
333 E 115th St, New York, NY 10029 (map)

Rodale Pleasant Park Community Garden
437 E 114th St, New York, NY 10029 (map)

About Marigold Flowers

People in Mexico have used the cempasúchil or the flower of the dead for thousands of years during the celebration of the deceased. The flower of the dead is one of the essential elements used as an offering during this celebration. Communities across Mexico traditionally plant these flowers in preparation to honor the dead in the early summer. Mano a Mano continues this tradition and invites community members to be part of this beautiful ritual.

About Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead has been one of Mexico’s most important festivals since Pre-Hispanic times. It is a time for families to gather and welcome the souls of the dead on their annual visit home. Cempasúchil (marigold) flowers, burning copal incense, fresh pan de muertos bread, candles, sugar skulls, photographs and mementos of the departed adorn special altars. In Mexico, Day of the Dead is celebrated over an entire week with the preparation of altars, foods, dance, music and special offerings for people who have died. Mano a Mano recreates the magical space of a village churchyard during the celebration and has organized a series of events including altar building, workshops, dance, poetry and music.

Get involved

If you are interested in volunteering or supporting this project, please contact us.

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