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Celebrating Nochebuena!

Nochebuena National Day is celebrated on December 8!
Nochebuena - Photo: Jorge Alvarado/EL UNIVERSAL
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Dark green leaves with jagged edges and red, yellow, white and marbled petals, Cuetlaxóchitl, Nochebuena, or Poinsettia, is a flower of pre-Hispanic heritage placed among the most popular symbols of Christmas.

According to information from Mexico's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa) Morelos, Michoacán, Mexico City, Puebla, State of Mexico Jalisco, Veracruz, Querátaro, Guanajuato, Chiapas, and Guerrero are the main producers of Nochebuena in the country, and currently there are more than 400 varieties of the plant, being Freedom, La Subjidi, Joy Pink and White Red Angel the most popular varieties.

In Mexico City alone, 3.1 million plants are cultivated annually in Milpa Alta, Tláhuac, Tlalpan, and Xochimilco boroughs.

The process begins in March when on field grown poinsettia mother plants, reaching up to two or three meters high, are pruned and little flower sprouts are transplanted into pots that will be a beautiful Christmas flower by December.

In Mexico, Nochebuena National Day is celebrated on December 8 due to the cultural, religious and social importance of the red flower in the country.

On Twitter, Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) wrote:”Today, we celebrate Nochebuena National Day, the Christmas flower, proudly Mexican.

According to Mexico's National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (Conabio) other little-known names for Nochebuena are Flor de muerto (Dead flower), Pascuero, Cuetlaxóchitl, Cuitlaxóchitl, Pascuaxóchitl, Palhtuxanat, and Pastushtln.


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