Welcome to travel in Oaxaca, as we have already mentioned the day of the dead is a celebration that involves many aspects, also natural aspects, since in the gastronomy there is nature and simply the flowers of the altars.
The flowers that are used on the day of the dead are: cresta de gallo also called velvet flower and cempasúchil.
The cempasúchil flower is a plant cultivated since pre-Hispanic times, the meaning of the name comes from the Nahuatl cempoalxóchitl that means flower of twenty petals.
During our visit to the flower fields we realized that not only these flowers are cultivated, but also marigolds, cockscomb, sunflowers and a little bit of corn.
Although only cresta de gallo and cempasúchil are typical of Day of the Dead.
The seed of the flowers is sown in May, and in October they begin to give flower, it is cut and sold for the altars of dead, there are different places where there is sowing of these flowers, those that we visited are in the municipality of Tlalixtac de Cabrera very near Administrative City, although there are also in Zimatlán.
There are no tours to the fields so to get there you will have to take a cab or go by car. The best days to go are one week before the Day of the Dead or end of October.