In Oaxaca, a woman carries flowers to the market.
Flowers have been essential in Mexico since ancient times.
The symbolic meaning of flowers was prominent in
ancient Mesoamerican thought and ideology. Flowers can
represent anything from beauty and creation to death and
The ancient Maya were known for their love of flowers.
Their decorative use remains memorialized on ceramics
depicting the headdresses and thrones of Maya rulers.
Concubines of great nobles paraded about the streets
wearing garlands of flowers. Lords relaxed, surrounded
The Aztecs believed their ancestors needed the scent of a
flower to find their way back to them. Even now, the Day of
the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos), is a holiday that reunites the
living and the dead. During the Day of the Dead, the creation
of altars containing flowers and their fragrance continues
as a family ceremony, inviting their departed loved ones to
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