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Flores de Mayo

Flores de Mayo ("May flowers") festivals take place throughout the Philippines during the month of May. Children create offerings of flowers and bring them to their churches in the afternoon. Parades make their way through towns and villages, with girls wearing traditional costumes followed by their relatives and friends singing Hail Marys. The festival ends on May 31 with fiestas everywhere. In big cities like Manila, Flores de Mayo is one of the largest festivals of the year, featuring May Queens and fancy dress balls. More...
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Flores de Mayo
Flores de Mayo ("May flowers") festivals take place throughout the Philippines during the month of May. Children create offerings of flowers and bring them to their churches in the afternoon. Parades make their way through towns and villages, with girls wearing traditional costumes followed by their relatives and friends singing Hail Marys. The festival ends on May 31 with fiestas everywhere. In big cities like Manila, Flores de Mayo is one of the largest festivals of the year, featuring May Queens and fancy dress balls.
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Flores de Mayo: the Queen of All Festivals



History links it to the 1854 Spanish custom of the Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception) and the subsequent 1867 of the devotional ‘Mariquít na Bulaclac nasa Pagninilaynilay sa Buong Buannang Mayo ay Inihahandog nañg mañga Devoto cay María Santísima’ or Beautiful Flowers that in the Meditations in the Whole Month of May are Offered by Devotees to Mary Most Holy.

The 1800s customs led many Catholics around the country to the practice of laying wreaths on an image of Mary and the recitation of the rosary as a way of praising the Virgin Mother every year. The schedule of Flores de Mayo church celebrations vary per province. But they are nevertheless done throughout the month, paving the way for Flores de Mayo to be called the ‘Queen of All Filipino Festivals. There are two other events during Flores de Mayo which led Filipinos to name it Queen of All Festivals: the Sagala and the Santacruzan. These events come from deep historical and religious backgrounds. But modern celebrations have also transformed them into quests to find town belles and beauties. -

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