The First of May

It’s springtime. It heralds growth and flowers start to bloom. The weather is still unsure of what it’s doing as sometimes it’s sunny and warm, sometimes it rains still.

A lot of positivity happens this month. A lot of growth in the physical sense as well as spiritual. As the summer solstice nears it brings us closer to an opening in the portal of light. We are the portals. We channel that light and function in our reality. This is a temple of love and light.

We offer our prayers to our God, the Almighty Father to generate this sense of hope in us. We celebrate the coming of May as a way of grateful offering to God. Even before the coming of Christ, pagans had made the month of May significant in their calendar.

Why do we celebrate May Flower festival?

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It is celebrated every day in the entire month of May as a tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, for the beneficial rain she brings that makes flowers bloom after the dry season. Dubbed as the “Queen of Philippine Festivals”, Flores de Mayo is believed to be first observed at Malolos, Bulacan’

When I was a little girl in Umingan, Pangasinan, Philippines, I can vividly remember the May Flower Festival. In 1967, the Immaculate Conception Parish of Umingan had a fundraising campaign for the construction and refurbishment of the church. There was a beauty contest amongst young children and I was one of them. There was a long preparation as we have to generate funding for the project. A festival was being prepared and the ballots were drawn. At the end of May, there was a parade around town and the festival was being held in the church. I was crowned Baby Peacemaker when I was five. Good days.

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