Here are a few of the lesser-known Marian feasts that highlight various apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary or were instituted by local churches throughout the world.

Our Lady Queen of Poland - May 3

In commemoration of the declaration of the Polish Constitution on May 3, 1791, Pope Pius XI designated May 3 as the feast of Our Lady, Queen of Poland, in 1923.

Our Lady of Lebanon - First Sunday in May

In 1908 a shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary was built near Harissa in Lebanon on a mountain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Maronite Patriarch dedicated it to "Our Lady of Lebanon" and instituted a feast on the first Sunday of May.

Our Lady of Europe - May 5

At a shrine in Gibraltar, the European continent was consecrated to Our Lady of Europe. Since 1979 this feast has been celebrated on May 5, known as "Europe Day."

Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii - May 8

Bl. Bartolo Longo in 1883 founded a shrine in Pompeii dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. He installed an image there that soon became a source of miracles. A girl was healed at the shrine on May 8.

Our Lady of China - Second Saturday in May

In 1924 the Chinese bishops consecrated China to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and in 1973 instituted a feast of Our Lady of China on the day preceding Mother's Day.

Our Lady of Mercy - May 22

On May 22, 1527 in Bovegno, Italy, the Virgin Mary appeared to a poor woman, and through the apparition many were healed and numerous graces were received. A shrine was built on the site of the apparition.

Our Lady, Help of Christians - May 24

A popular Marian title largely promoted by St. John Bosco and Pope Pius V, the feast on May 24 was instituted by Pope Pius VII after being set free from being a prisoner of Napoleon in 1808.

Our Lady of Good Delivery - May 29

In Western Europe, Our Lady of Good Delivery is celebrated on May 29, invoked by many pregnant women for a good delivery of their child.