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Flores de Mayo / Santa Cruzan

   

May is considered a flower festivalmonth in honor of the Virgin Mary thus named Flores de Mayo. Children of varying ages and adults as well offer flowers to the Virgin Mary every afternoon.

Flores de Mayo starts with gospel reading and sharing. Little children in agnelic costumes carry sticks with letters forming AVE MARIA on it.

As the offering ends, bread and candies are distributed. The last day of May marks the end of Flores de Mayo. This is highlighted by a Santacruzan Festival.

A Santacruzan is a religious-historical beauty pagent held in many cities, towns and even smll villages throughout the Philippines during the month of May. One of the most colorful May-time festivals in the Philippines which depicts the finding of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. Many movie and television personalities participate in the events and are featured as major sagalas and escorts.