Why is the Month of May dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary?
Some Popular May Traditions With Regard to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Most widely practiced is of course the recitation of the Holy Rosary in families, communities and Churches. Echoing Pope Pius XII’s encyclical, many accompanying devotional practices arose besides the rosary- from May Crowning of the statues or icons of Our Lady to popular hymns compositions:
Daughter of The mighty Father,
Stainless Maiden, Queen of the May,
Angel forms around thee gather:
Chorus: Macula non est in te.
Adjoining to these, many cultures also have ‘May Queen’ processions. A girl rides or walks at the front of a Marian Procession wearing a white gown to symbolize purity and usually a tiara or crown symbolizing the crown of life that awaits the blessed. Her duty is Crown the icon or the statue of Our Lady at the procession. Flores de Mayo (“Flowers of May”) is the practice of collecting colourful flowers with which to decorate the parish church’s Altars, nave, aisles and especially the shrine of Our Lady.