Marigolds are hardy flowers found in many parts of the world: Central and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. The primary colors are yellow and orange, though hybrids exist. Cultures have used marigolds in forms of tea or garlands to cure stomach aches, parasites, infections, diarrhea, and vomiting. Because of the hardiness and insect repellent abilities marigolds have being woven in many legends and religions.
- Marigolds belong to the plant genus Tagetes. Tagetes represents the Etruscan God, Tages, the God of Wisdom.
- Marigold name is derived from “Mary’s Gold” after Mother Mary. Legends states when the Holy Family was traveling to Egypt. A band of thieves attached them and grabbed Mary’s purse. Unfortunately, instead of gold coins, gold and vibrant flowers fell out.
- On March 25, during the Feast of Annunciation, Mother Mary is offered marigolds.
- In Hinduism, marigolds are common in altars, prayers, weddings, and any religious ceremony. Marigolds symbolize a spiritual surrender to God.
- In the epic battle, Vijayadashami, the day Lord Rama (good) defeated Ravana (evil), marigolds are abundant in the celebration. This victory is why Hindus celebrate Diwali, festival of lights.
- Marigolds are extremely important for Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, celebration in Mexico. Marigolds bright colors are though to guide sports of loved one back to their family and altar.
- Marigolds, for Mexican, represent the fragility of life.