This is my first post for Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge – Yellow. Here’s a link to Nancy’s blog https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/a-photo-a-week-challenge-yellow-2/
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- Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
- To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
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Marigold (Calendula Officinalis)
Marigolds, (Calendula Officinalis) are also found throughout India, but heavily grown in the Valley of the Flowers. The marigold has important cultural and religious significance because it is used to make garlands and offered to the Hindu gods and goddesses. The marigold also has medicinal qualities which include treating ulcers, menstrual cramps, eye infections, inflammations and wounds. Marigolds are not typically used in food preparation, but their leaves can be found in salads. From Dussehra to Diwali, marigolds are everywhere. Garlands of glowing orange blooms are hung for auspicious reasons and flowers are offered in rituals. Marigolds are so deeply part of these Indian festivals that it is a real surprise to learn that the most commonly used kinds originated in Mexico and have been in India barely 350 years. Mexican marigolds are members of the Tagetes family and also had sacred status with the Aztecs. Just as we put marigold garlands on dead bodies, piles of orange flowers are used for Mexico’s Day of the Dead, an ancient festival now appropriated by the Church. One practical reason for their use in funerals might be that the flowers and leaves contain powerfully insect-repelling oils.