We love Halloween around the flower shop. Some of our crew
is dressed up today, we have a wolf, a baby and even some creative Day of the
Dead makeup. So we got to thinking… why end the celebration with Halloween when
we can enjoy Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead?
Day of the Dead, celebrated on November 1stand 2nd,
is primarily a Mexican holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends
to pray for and remember lost loved ones.
Traditionally those celebrating visit the
graves of family members that have died to tidy them up and build altars
honoring the deceased using decorative sugar skulls, marigolds and other
flowers. They also leave the favorite foods and beverages of the departed as
Offerings for the souls of the dead.
The intent is to encourage
visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the
living directed to them.
Elegant Skulls for Day of the Dead
While this may seem like a sad occasion, Dia de los Muertos
usually takes on a jovial tone, as
celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed. La
Calavera Catrina, “The Elegant Skull”, is the most iconic image of Day of the
Dead celebrations. Sugar skulls are elaborately decorated as offerings and senoritas
paint their faces to portray elegant Catrinas as part of the celebration. Orange
Mexican marigolds, sometimes referred to as Flor de Muerto or “Flower of the
Dead”, are the traditional flower used to honor the dead.
All of the beautiful flowers and imagery of Day of the Dead are
not totally foreign to us, we have done more than a few themed weddings for the
occasion. So we took our inspiration from our Day of the Dead experience,
Mexican traditions, and our love of flowers and headed to one of the local cemeteries
to create an altar and shoot a few photos.
Jessi Rose, our floral design apprentice and resident dress
up doll, was painted like a Catrina and given a beautiful bouquet of marigolds,
roses, zinnias, asters, mums and calla lilies. We designed flowers for her hair
in blooms to match with accents of blue hydrangea.
Our offerings included a bowl of fruit, a bottle of tequila (a
popular offering for Dia de los Muertos celebrations) and skulls hand painted
by our designers in iconic Mexican styling.
We brought along more flowers as well, a bouquet of gladiolus,
another popular flower for the occasion, and another bouquet to match our model’s
with more lovely marigolds and lots of yellow Jerry’s balls. These bouquets
were left at the cemetery as offerings to Jessi Rose’s grandparents who are at
We hope everyone enjoys today’s haunting Halloween
celebrations and that you embrace the fun, tradition, and remembrance of Dia de