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October Design of the Month

October’s design of the month, Mariposas del los Muertos, represents the bright and beautiful celebrations that occur on Dia de los Muertos. Celebrated throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is a time where people honor their lost ones with flowers, candles, traditional dishes, and alters of the deceased that contain old personal belongings and photographs. There are different rituals and traditions that are practiced within Latin Countries. In my mother’s home country, Bolivia, small sweet yeast breads called “tanta wawas” are a tradition for those who celebrate Dia de los Muertos.


Note from the Designer— A little bit about me… Hi! My name is Rachael. I am new at this Flowerama but have been working at the Des Moines Flowerama location for about five years now. I have always enjoyed creating floral arrangements and being able to help make someone’s day through flowers. I am first generation college student studying nursing here at University of Iowa. I am currently in my second semester of nursing school and just finished my rotation on 6RC at UIHC! As a nursing student, I do not get to express my creativity often so working here allows me to do just that!

The contrast between the dark jewel shades and vibrant pops of color within the flower arrangement showcases the new beginnings and endings that happen within the cycle of life. The sparkling thistle represents the mariposas flying over (butterflies), The marigolds used in the arrangement encompass the fragility of life. The deep bright hues of orange within the marigolds are a way to celebrate life. It is believed that marigolds are used as guide for the deceased to come visit their living loved ones. Mariposas del los Muertos will be featured on our website this October and available from our ten-door display cooler for you to get! ¡Mariposas del los Muertos se presentará en nuestro sitio web este octubre y estará disponible en nuestro refrigerador de pantalla de diez puertas para que lo consigas!


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