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Flores de Mayo is a Catholic festival held in the Philippines in the month of May. It lasts for a month, and is held in honor of the Virgin Mary. The Santa Cruzan is a parade held on the last day of Flores de Mayo in honor of Reyna Elena.

Flores, from the Spanish word for "flowers," also known as Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May), Flores de Maria (flowers of Mary) or alay (offering), may refer to the whole Flower Festival celebrated in the month of May in honor of the Virgin Mary. It was believed that "Flores" (short term for Flores de Mayo) was originated from a historical town of Malolos in the province of Bulacan in 1865, when the young girls made a floral offering to the Virgin Mary in the parish church.

20 responses

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles (Deleted) said (10 Mar 2010):

    Interesting story. In the Americas, Spanish America that is, there is a feast call "Las Fiestas de Cruz" held also in may.

  • Jessi Kemplin

    Jessi Kemplin (Deleted) said (10 Mar 2010):

    Very cool! I love their colors.

  • Wagner Campelo

    Wagner Campelo said (10 Mar 2010):

    Beautiful colors!

    Nice portrait!

    Love it.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (10 Mar 2010):

    Thank you for providing the information about the festival, and for this wonderfully colorful photo!

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (10 Mar 2010):

    Beautiful colours! It looks like a gun festival!

  • Michelle Tims

    Michelle Tims gave props (10 Mar 2010):

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing the info behind the photo.

  • John Smith

    John Smith (Deleted) gave props (10 Mar 2010):

    Voted,....

  • alex hernandez

    alex hernandez said (10 Mar 2010):

    thank you guys..!!

    and May is my birthday month!! hehehehe...

  • Hermosa Lee Kwan

    Hermosa Lee Kwan (Deleted) said (11 Mar 2010):

    May baby din ako! apir! syempre voted!!! ~.^x

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (12 Mar 2010):

    great photo

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (15 Mar 2010):

    Great entry for the theme! Voted!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (15 Mar 2010):

    I'm glad you posted this, now you makes me feel homesick. I came from San Miguel, Bulacan and we always celebrate the fiesta in May. We always have this festivities. I remember

  • Megan Bailey

    Megan Bailey gave props (15 Mar 2010):

    Goregous! I voted :)

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (16 Mar 2010):

    That's all 'some' Americans need--a holiday that lasts a month. However, the Phillipino people carry this out with dignity and class.

  • M A A Q

    M A A Q gave props (16 Mar 2010):

    Wonderful. voted.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (16 Mar 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (16 Mar 2010):

    A beautiful tradition and entry.

  • Stinklebaum Mulehair

    Stinklebaum Mulehair (Deleted) gave props (16 Mar 2010):

    very pretty photo, they do really have nice costumes in mexico

  • alex hernandez

    alex hernandez said (16 Mar 2010):

    thanks to all...!!

    during my younger years, they always get me as an escort to one of the "reyna" in the parade... :)

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (1 Jun 2010):

    Wonderful colors and composition. Thank you for providing the history of Flores de Mayo....and Happy Birthday to you!

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