25 May 2007

Flores de Mayo

Flores de Mayo ("Flowers of May") is a month-long celebration that Filipinos observe in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Parades and beauty pageants are held, may crownings occur, Marian shrines are visited, barren women dance to get pregnant (several links to the fertility rites on that page, visit it), and what have you. For my family however, it's the only time of the year we can treat the statue of the Blessed Virgin like a barbie doll and dress her all up. We tried to dress her up as a warrior woman of the the T'boli tribe of the Southern Philippines, but Holy Mary ended up looking like something else.

Did we go too far this year?

1 comment:

PadreRob+ said...

you know i love it