Between the middle and the end of October, the cempasúchil (Marigold) flower is cut to start the sale in markets and pantheons.
According to figures from the Agrifood and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP), Hidalgo occupies the third place in the country’s production of cempasúchil, a flower that in the coming days will dress the altars to receive the faithful departed.
The available information shows that Puebla ranks first with a planted area of 1,557 hectares, followed by Tlaxcala with 118 hectares, Hidalgo with 111, San Luis Potosí with 79, Guerrero with 69, Oaxaca with 43, Morelos with 32, Durango with 18 and Sonora with two hectares.
In turn, data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader) indicate that the Mezquital Valley contributes 95 percent of the production of this flower in the state of Hidalgo. Tula is the main producer municipality of this characteristic flower of the Day of the Dead.
This flower, native to Mexico, has transcended worldwide, particularly in Southeast Asian countries, and is currently one of the main elements of festivities in India, North Korea, and Japan. In turn, he stressed that this crop gives life to the traditions of the country and is a source of employment for farmers across Mexico.