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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.

Bread and wine in memory of Jesus' body and blood.
Bread and wine in memory of Jesus' body and blood.

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.

Public Life

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 countries

Read more about Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
ThuJun 32010Corpus ChristiObservance
ThuJun 232011Corpus ChristiObservance
ThuJun 72012Corpus ChristiObservance
ThuMay 302013Corpus ChristiObservance
ThuJun 192014Corpus ChristiObservance
ThuJun 42015Corpus ChristiObservance
ThuMay 262016Corpus ChristiObservance
ThuJun 152017Corpus ChristiObservance
ThuMay 312018Corpus ChristiObservance
ThuJun 202019Corpus ChristiObservance
ThuJun 112020Corpus ChristiObservance

Quick Facts

Churches throughout Mexico celebrate the Holy Eucharist, or the communion of bread and wine, during Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Corpus Christi 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Name in other languages

Corpus ChristiEnglish
Corpus ChristiSpanish

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in May 2016 in Mexico

Fun Holiday on May 26, 2016

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