Marigold - other uses
CraftsMarigold flowers are used at many religious ceremonies and festivals. Strung together they make colourful garlands and are used as offerings and to decorate religious buildings and statues.
The petals are used in South Asia to dye fabrics yellow or orange. Plant dyes have always been important during the Hindu festival Holi, although now synthetic dyes are generally used instead. However, many of these synthetic dyes thrown over people during the celebrations can be harmful to health. Dyes prepared from plants like marigold are safer.
|Marigold garlands decorate this shrine in Calcutta.|