There's nothing more amazing than actually being in Mexico during the Day of the Dead festivities.
The streets are packed with locals and tourists, people are making lines at graveyards, and others are decorating altars to celebrate their late loved ones. It's truly beautiful.
One thing that really caught my attention as I walked around Guadalajara, however, is that there's a real obsession with orange flowers.
But what is its connection with the Day of the Dead?
Turns out, according to a local taxi driver called Oscar Martinez, that taking these bright orange flowers to the dead is a big tradition and it's in fact known as "la flor de los muertos" (the flower of the dead).
It's real name, however, is Cempasúchil and it's a very iconic part of Día de los Muertos just like sugar skulls and pan de muerto.
The flower only flourishes after the rainy season in Mexico (from May to October), which explains why mostly everyone buys them for the festivities from October 31st to November 2nd.
The bright color evokes the sun and it's believed that it guides the spirit of the deceased, according to Azteca Noticias.
Azteca also notes that the petals are used to form a path from the door of the house to the altar of the dead so that the spirits of the loved ones could find it.
In addition to this flower being an essential part of Day of the Dead, the Cempasúchil is widely cultivated and since antiquity, it has been used for food and medicinal purposes.
Enjoy the holiday wherever you are!