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FLORES DE MAYO   ( Nationwide, May 2008 )

 May is perhaps the merriest month for the fiesta loving people of the Philippines. It is also the month where we celebrate the "most beautiful" festival here- the Flores de Mayo or Santacruzan. Being predominantly Catholic, we celebrate Santacruzan to praise the Blessed Virgin Mary. The town folks gather various colorful, fragrant flowers to decorate the churches where the community gathers at night to pray the rosary. Children also march down the aisle and sprinkle petals for Mama Mary.

Considered as the "Queen of Filipino Festivals", the most beautiful town girls are selected to participate in the colorful pageant parade of Flores De Mayo. Each princess, escorted by a gentleman, parades around the town while the town people follow usually holding a candle to light their path.  

Santacruzan is a novena parade remembering St. Helena's mythical finding of the corss. She was the mother of Constantine the Great. Legends has it that 300 years after Jesus Christ's death, at age 75, she went to calvary to conduct a search for the cross. After some archaeological diggings at the Crucifixion, she unearthed three crosses. She tested each one by making a sick servant lie on all three. The cross where the servant recovered was identified as Christ's. St. Helena's feast day falls on August 8 but the anniversary of the finding of the Cross is on May 3rd, in the Philippines, this celebration took the form of the Mexican Santa Cruz de Mayo.


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