« A local farmer in the Mexican town of Atlixco has cultivated vast fields of ‘Velvet Flower’, also known as Cockscomb, in anticipation of the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday, which sees thousands of tourists flock to the country every year, as seen in footage captured on Thursday.
“I have been doing it for almost 40 years or more, ever since my parents, when we planted them for the day of the dead, » farmer Alberto Marin Solis explained.
Solis added that people from all over the world have come to his farm to purchase his flowers and use them as decorative items in their homes.
« I have had people from Spain, Brazil, some Peruvians, and some Americans come to buy, » he said.
However, despite finding success with his brightly coloured crops, Solis expressed concern about the ongoing effects of climate change and the challenges he faces every year in cultivating the flowers.
“Year by year, we realize that they bloom later and are now one, two, or three days later,” he explained. “With the climatic change that we are seeing now, we sow them on June 25th.”
Solis also mentioned that he has invested more money to protect his crops in recent years, citing droughts and hailstorms as posing a significant risk to their well-being.
Day of the Dead is traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2. The holiday sees families from all over the world come together and honour their loved ones who have passed away.
The origins of the Day of the Dead can be traced back to the indigenous peoples of Mexico, who believed that death was not an end but rather a transition to another realm. They celebrate the lives of their ancestors by offering food, drink, and other offerings to the spirits. »