The name of the flower the marigold (genus Tagetes). It's name is derived from the phrase "Mary's gold." Indigenous to North and South America, marigolds are the traditional flowers that decorate altars during El Dia de los Muertos (the Mexican Day of the Dead). Earlier, the calendula flower was called the marigold-- so called because pilgrims who didn't have coins to place on altars to the Virgin Mary placed these gold-colored flowers instead.
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