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Flores de Maria – La Immaculada Concepcion by Dennis Natividad · 365 Project.

La Immaculada Concepcion – Sts. Peter and Paul Parish

Flores de Mayo is a celebration in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and for the religious Philippines, this is a tradition that cannot be easily erased from the calendar amidst the radical changes in cultural orientation of the new generation.

Flores de Mayo is believed to have originated in the mid-1800s when the Vatican proclaimed doctrines about the Immaculate Conception. The festivity is sometimes called Flores de Maria which means Flowers of Mary, where Flores de Mayo means Flowers of May. This celebration may have been extracted from the publication circa 1867 of Mariano Sevilla’s translation of the devotional Flores de Maria where flowers are offered to the Blessed Virgin. This tradition is said to have been introduced by the Spaniards to the Philippines.

Source: http://www.islandsofthephilippines.com