Corpus Christi in Rio de Janeiro (updated)

Posted on 27 May 2008

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Like Carnaval (celebrated 49 days before Easter), Corpus Christi is celebrated 60 days after Easter. It is a feast/celebration to solemnly commemorate the Holy Eucharist.

Brazil is the country with largest Catholic population (interesting BBC reporting here). Thus Corpus Christi is an official holiday here, and looks like Brazillian have tradition of making carpet of sawdust or salt on this day.

Michael went to help Thais out in the making of the carpet in the morning, so I went there to keh-poh a bit.

We arrived at 10, and people are already halfway completing the carpets.
Mass was celebrated later at 3pm, but the highlights was the prossession through the beautiful carpets after the Mass.

I guess the carpets was approximately 1km long.

Here in Niteroi, colored coarse salts is the main ‘ingredient’ to make the carpet. However, I think at other places saw dust is used.

Enjoy below photos!

click on any of them to enlarge.

completed carpet ….

Woit! Haloo guys!

after the crowd passed it, people collected the salts…. for whatever reason?? anyone knows?

faithful old lady….

When I left at 6pm, it was as crowdy as earlier.

(updated) : Response to Roll’s photo at : http://rollct.blogspot.com/2008/06/report-card.html :

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