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Christians Celebrate Corpus Christi Around the World

The Roman Catholic Feast Day has spawned a variety of global rituals.

It recognises the significance of the Eucharist, a symbolic representation of the body of Christ, to the church.

Mass is traditionally celebrated and followed by a procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the streets.

Corpus Christi is usually celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. But in some countries it's marked on the following Sunday.

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Corpus Christi means the "Body of Christ". After mass the Eucharistic Bread, or Blessed Sacrament, is placed in a container typically carried by the priest who leads the faithful, as seen here in Wackersberg, Germany
Corpus Christi means the "Body of Christ". After mass the Eucharistic Bread, or Blessed Sacrament, is placed in a container typically carried by the priest who leads the faithful, as seen here in Wackersberg, Germany Photo:Reuters
Mass and a procession, are the two universal features of the celebration. This parade goes past the ruins of Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral in Port-a-Prince, Haiti
Mass and a procession, are the two universal features of the celebration. This parade goes past the ruins of Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral in Port-a-Prince, Haiti Photo:Reuters
Young boys taking part in the Dancing Devils ritual in Venezuela. This custom speaks specifically to the faith and cultural practices of the people of Yare
Young boys taking part in the Dancing Devils ritual in Venezuela. This custom speaks specifically to the faith and cultural practices of the people of Yare Photo:@RosateleSUR
A procession in the city of Santana de Parnaiba in Brazil. The streets are covered in "rugs" made from a combination of sawdust and flowers
A procession in the city of Santana de Parnaiba in Brazil. The streets are covered in "rugs" made from a combination of sawdust and flowers Photo:EFE
Young girls wearing traditional dress attend mass at a church in Crostwitz, Germany
Young girls wearing traditional dress attend mass at a church in Crostwitz, Germany Photo:EFE
Juan Morgado has made Dancing Devil masks for over 40 years. One of the most respected craftsmen in Yare, Venezuela is seen here in his workshop
Juan Morgado has made Dancing Devil masks for over 40 years. One of the most respected craftsmen in Yare, Venezuela is seen here in his workshop Photo:@RosateleSUR
A woman works on a detail of a Corpus Christi floral rug in Santana de Parnaiba, Brazil
A woman works on a detail of a Corpus Christi floral rug in Santana de Parnaiba, Brazil Photo:EFE
A woman prays while taking part in a procession in Port-au-Prince,Haiti
A woman prays while taking part in a procession in Port-au-Prince,Haiti Photo:Reuters
A young girl dressed in white, and wearing a scapular, takes part in Corpus Christi celebrations in Haiti. Judging by her dress, she made First Communion recently
A young girl dressed in white, and wearing a scapular, takes part in Corpus Christi celebrations in Haiti. Judging by her dress, she made First Communion recently Photo:Reuters
Christians take part in the celebrations in Spain. Corpus Christi is a public holiday in some countries
Christians take part in the celebrations in Spain. Corpus Christi is a public holiday in some countries Photo:EFE
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