In a country like Poland where the majority of people are Catholics and most attend Mass this holiday is very popular (and visually extraordinary especially for the more secular Western European visitors).
A PIECE OF HISTORY
This ‘holy day’ was established in 1247 in Liege as the outcome of the visions of Saint Julianne of Cornillon. The first processions in Poland took place in the Kraków diocese in 1320. A traditional procession leaves the church and continues on the streets with banners, holy pictures and in the central part of the procession a priest holding The Holy Host covered by a canopy. Children at the front of the procession sprinkle flowers in front of the priest. The procession stops at four altars along the route where prayers are said and hymns are sung.
The meaning of this holy day is the worship and adoration of Christ as symbolized by the Host.
It is a way of declaring in public the faith and the identity of a believer. The Church declares that on this day faith is not a private matter and that glorifying Christ is an obligation for all believers. Many people place garlands and pictures in their windows but the most decorative are the villages that decorate all the fences and streets where the procession is to take place with flowers, green leaves and sacral objects.
FOLK COSTUMES FOR A SPECIAL
In numerous parts of Poland, the Corpus Christi procession is also an opportunity to present regional costumes. In Pniewo (north-east Poland), you can see costumes from the Kurpie region, and in Łowicz, which is situated near Warsaw, your attention will be attracted by colorful stripes, which are an element of the Łowicz region costumes. In Poznań, in turn, the procession is adorned by “
We’ve also been there!
Corpus Christi Celebration in Krakow.
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credits pictures: gazeta krakowska, radio.zet, altao.pl , wiadomosci.wp.pl
sources text: http://www.thevisitor.pl/index.php?id=423
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