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October Birth Flowers and Their Symbolism

October Birth Flower

The October birth flowers are marigolds and cosmos. Marigold is far and away the more popular of the two, though, and is commonly seen as the de facto October birth flower.

It’s not hard to see why. Few other flowers encapsulate fall quite like the marigold’s voluptuous orange, red, and yellow blooms. For that reason, they’re not only a great gift for all the October babies in your life but also make for killer decorations for your Halloween party or Friendsgiving get-together. They just scream autumn!


A Brief History of Marigolds

Marigolds don’t just have the looks; they’re packed with substance, too. They’ve got loads of delicious history behind them that make them even more appealing. If you trace the flower back far enough, it was first cultivated by the Aztecs, who used them as a protective ward when going into dangerous situations and battles. They believed marigolds were infused with magical properties.

From there, the Spanish conquistadors took marigolds back to Europe where the flowers became a staple in many monasteries in the region, and in the Middle Ages, it was widely believed that—when worn—the Mediterranean version of marigold could fend off the plague and protect against the bad habits of others, such as gossiping and scamming.

Nowadays, marigold has spread far and wide and is used in many of the world’s biggest festivals and holidays. If you’ve seen the sad, sweet, and beautiful animated film Coco, then you might have noticed the gorgeous orange leaves throughout the entire movie. You guessed it! Those are marigolds, the official flower of Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration. Every year on November 1st, it is believed that the dead souls are guided back to visit their living relatives by following a path of marigold leaves.

Since being introduced to the region by Portuguese settlers 350 years ago, Marigold has also become a mainstay in Indian culture as well. The flower is widely used in marriages, rituals, festivals, and holidays for decorative and spiritual purposes. Indians believe the flower brings positive vibes and it is often used as an offering to the Hindu gods.

Marigold Symbolism and Meanings

The scientific name for the marigold is Tagetes, named after the Etruscan God Tages, the god of wisdom. Throughout the years, marigold has often been associated with the sun and resurrection by many pagan cultures, thanks to the striking orange and gold resemblance of its blooms.

Marigolds also have carried both positive and negative symbolism in the past depending on the culture and context. In today’s world though, many of the marigold’s negative connotations have mostly been done away with, and the marigold is generally seen as a positive symbol.

With that being said, here are the marigold’s many different meanings:

  • Joyfulness
  • Strength
  • Positive energy
  • A drive to succeed
  • A desire for wealth
  • Beauty and warmth
  • Passion
  • Despair, grief, and remembrance

Famous October Birthdays

If you were born in October, here are just a few funny, talented, and totally hot celebrities you share a birthday month with:

  • Bruno Mars, October 8th
  • Matt Damon, October 8th
  • Cardi B, October 11th
  • Josh Hutchinson, October 12th
  • Zac Efron, October 18th 

October Birthday Flower Delivery

Now that you know everything you need to know about the October birth flowers, it’s time to get your hands on some—whether it’s for yourself, a friend, a relative, or that special someone in your life. So why not hop on over to The Bouqs Co. grab a handcrafted, farm-fresh birthday bouquet. Our artisanal florists know a thing or two about gorgeous, fresh, and seasonal flowers. Surprise a loved one with a special birthday flower delivery.

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