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A Special Look at The Flower of The Month: October is for Marigold and Cosmos

A Special Look at The Flower of The Month: October is for Marigold and Cosmos

The October birth flowers are marigold and cosmos. With their beautiful autumnal colors and spicy scent, marigolds are extremely fitting for those celebrating their birthday in October and a favorite of many gardeners.

Marigolds have a long history behind them. In fact, the earliest use of the flower was by the Aztec's who attributed magical, religious and medicinal properties to them. Marigolds were often used as medicine to help things like inflammation and skin issues.

As one of autumn's sturdiest flower, marigolds represent stubbornness and determination. But because of their bright, colorful nature, they also symbolize warmth and creativity. So, if your birthday is in October, you're probably a passionate, hard-working, driven person.

Marigolds are popular in Mexico and Latin America, especially during the Day of the Dead. The colorful flowers often serve as decorations for household altars and cemetery graves as families remember their departed loved ones. 

 The flowers of marigolds also play a role in Hindu religious ceremonies. In particular, people in India hang marigold garlands in their homes during festive celebrations as a symbol of surrender and offer to god.  

 The October birth flower comes in many colors, but the most popular ones are the orange marigolds that symbolize passion and creativity because of their vibrant color. Because of their diversity, these flowers convey different meanings that include cheer, joy, remembrance, wealth, success, hard work, and winning over someone’s love. 

 The negative connotations of marigolds are cruelty, despair, grief, and jealousy. These meanings may intend a desire to express strong passion, which roots back to the flowers’ association with the courageous lion. The Victorian meaning of these October birth flowers is a desire for riches, which perhaps relates to the legend of the flower’s representation of gold coins. 

If someone in your life has a birthday this month, considering honoring their passion with the gift of flowers.