One aspect that I enjoy very much of the catholic rituals and celebrations is that there’s always food; food for every celebration. Corpus Christi was observed yesterday and included mass services, burning of firecrackers, procesion, and selling of food. Watch the video recorded, edited and published from his iPhone to get an overview of the activities for this important catholic feast.
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The making of carpets from sawdust, pine-needles, flowers, vegetables, et cetera is a community-forming tradition. People get together by block or near-by neighbors to create the carpets on which the processions will walk through. Sometimes the making of the carpets is done at night, all night so they are ready for next day’s procession. The colorful processional carpet elaboration process involves the whole family, close friends, the neighborhood and the entire community. It does not matter if it’s just grandma throwing some corozo (corozo palms) and dried purple flowers to elaborate a humble alfombra in front of her home or it is a team of members of the cuadra (the block), or if a son lends a hand to a dad to put the final touches on the brightly-colored sawdust carpet, the devotion and the do-good spirit are present everywhere you look.
The Corpus Christi or body of Christ is celebrated the first Thursday of June, first on the cathedrals and then at the other churches of each town or community. Basically, the Corpus Christi feast, a Christian feast day, or solemnity which honors the Body (corpus) of Christ (Christi). The typical dish eaten for Corpus Christi in Guatemala is Pepián with tayuyos tamales as shown in the picture above. Bon appetite!
The photos below were taken at the Corpus Christi feast in Ciudad Vieja.
text and photos by Mercedes Mejicanos