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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Come what may for May

The month of May is, in the Roman Catholic majority Philippines, the month of festivals. Festivals or fiestas, by the way, are so much intricately interwoven in the Filipino culture and faithfully observed and transferred from one generation to another. Mostly of these festivals were mixed up with religious rituals so that the majority of Philippine festivals of today could be seen as the links between the cultural aspect of the people and the touch of religion. Festivals define Filipinos.

Also in the month of May, Filipino Catholics celebrate the Flores de Mayo or “Flowers of May” in English translation. It is a festival of flowers. During the celebration, the faithful devotees collect and gather the flowers of May and to sprinkle the petals in the altar where the statue of the Virgin Mary is.

Santa Cruzan is what will highlight the Flowers of May festivities. It is a religious procession, the final and last of the nine-day Flores de Mayo to honor Reyna Elena of Constantinopole. It was believed that in the year 326 A.D. she (Reyna Elena), together with her son, had successfully launched an expedition to search for the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. They have brought the Holy Cross with them to their own place of origin and in the city capital of Rome, which was also the capital of the Roman Empire at that time.

May 2014 is one searing summer heat I’ve never had been experiencing in a long time. The moment you step outside your dwelling place, at daytime, is like walking into a giant oven. Is the once colorful month of May that it used to now become a metaphor for hell? There is something unusual about the weather and it’s going for both the extremes. It’s about time we reconcile with Mother Nature dear, before she strikes back upon us big time. Or otherwise shall I say come what may for May?


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