Corpus Christi in Mexico
Corpus Christi (Corpus Cristi) is a religious celebration in Mexico to honor the body and blood of Jesus, which is symbolized by bread and wine offered at church services on the day.
Celebrate Corpus Christi
Mexicans attending church services receive communion wafers and wine or grape juice in honor of Jesus’ body and blood. It is also celebrated in Catholic and some Protestant churches worldwide. Mules’ Day (Día de las Mulas) is also celebrated on the same day, where people buy figures of mules made of dried corn leaves. Some of these are stuffed with candy.
Corpus Christi is a religious observance and not a federal public holiday in Mexico.
About Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi is normally celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. A procession is usually led by the pope of the Catholic Church in Rome every year. It is a mixed day for some Mexicans who also remember the infamous massacre of student demonstrators in Mexico City on the day of the Corpus Christi festival, on June 10, 1971. More than 100 people died that day, including a 14-year-old boy.
The Day of the Mules, which falls on Corpus Christi, is associated with pre-Hispanic rituals in which people gave thanks to deities of Gods through offerings. It is also believed that a mule knelt in reverence of God on the day of Corpus Christi.
About Corpus Christi in other countriesRead more about Corpus Christi.
Corpus Christi Observances
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Quick FactsChurches throughout Mexico celebrate the Holy Eucharist, or the communion of bread and wine, during Corpus Christi.
Corpus Christi 2016Thursday, May 26, 2016
Corpus Christi 2017Thursday, June 15, 2017
Name in other languages
Other holidays in May 2016 in Mexico
- Labor Day / May Day – Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Battle of Puebla – Thursday, May 5, 2016
- Mother's Day – Tuesday, May 10, 2016
- Teacher's Day – Sunday, May 15, 2016