Flores de Mayo


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Flores de Mayo (El Salvador)

May
In the late 18th century the Roman Catholic Church set aside the month of May to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. The religious ceremonies held in honor of the Virgin in El Salvador during this month are called Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May), probably because there are so many wildflowers in bloom at this time of year.
The town of San Vincente celebrates the fiesta in a distinctive way. Each day, between four and five in the afternoon, there is a procession through the streets of town. It starts at the house of the capitana, the woman who directs the festival on that day. The women who have worked on the festival and their friends march through town scattering candy, anise seeds, and sweetmeats. Men throw flowers, corn, and grain from the sidelines. At six o'clock the image of the Virgin Mary is carried from the capitana's house to the church in procession, and a second and even more elaborate procession takes place later that night. These processions take place throughout the month-long observance. Each day a different capitana takes charge of the day's activities.
Although "la Flor," as the procession is known, is the highlight of each day's activities, there is also music every morning as men and women playing guitars and marimbas stroll through the streets. Sometimes a jester wearing a mask rides through the town on horseback, handing out announcements of coming events. Another procession takes place at midday, consisting of a parade of cars that have been specially decorated for the fiesta. People wearing masks follow on foot.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of El Salvador
1400 16th St. N.W., Ste. 100
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-265-9671; fax: 202-232-3763
www.elsalvador.org
SOURCES:
FiestaTime-1965, p. 85

Celebrated in: El Salvador


Flores de Mayo (Philippines)
May 31
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. In the smaller towns and villages, the last day of the month is a day to celebrate the birthday of their patron saint.
CONTACTS:
Philippine Tourism Center
556 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10036
212-575-7915; fax: 212-302-6759
www.wowphilippines.com.ph
SOURCES:
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 365

Celebrated in: Philippines

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The half-day affair in Abu Dhabi will start at noon on June 13 to feature a Balagtasan (poetic debate), and Santacruzan, a pageant held on the last day of Flores De Mayo, derived from the Spanish term aACAyflores' or flowers and aACAyMayo' or May.
The celebration will highlight the country's culture and traditions with traditional Filipino games, dances, songs, food and other activities including a mini-parade depicting the country's national dress and a Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May) celebration.
VAN NUYS - Pretty girls in party dresses, carrying roses and walking in a candlelight procession, will be one of the highlights May 15 when the Parish of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Philippine Independent Church, celebrates its annual Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan festivals.
Flores de Mayo also shows the deep devotion that Filipinos have for the Virgin Mary.
Famous among the festivals are the Ati-atihan in Panay; Masskara in Negros Occidental; Sinulog in Cebu and in other Eastern Visayan provinces; Payoy-pahoy in Samar; Kagayhaan Festival, Duaw Cagayan, and Sakay-sakay Lambago in Cagayan; Kadayawan sa Davao Festival and Apo Duwaling Festival in Davao; Kaamulan Festival in Bukidnon; Bantawan, Festival of Festivals in Mindanao; Mindulani Festival in Butuan; Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon; Sayaw sa Obando Festival in Obando, Bulacan; Caracol Festival in Cavite; and Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan.
The highlight was a traditional Flores De Mayo parade featuring women, traditionally called "flowers of May", showcasing Filipino gowns and classic outfits.
The highlight will be a traditional Flores De Mayo parade that will feature women, traditionally called 'flowers of May' with their escorts, showcasing Filipino gowns and classic outfits.
The programme will culminate in a Flores De Mayo (Flowers of May) parade by members of the community.