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Corpus Christi in Poland

Corpus Christi (Boze Cialo) is a Catholic feast celebrated as a public holiday in Poland. It is the day when the Catholic Church commemorates the practice of Holy Eucharist, or Communion.

People dressed in regional costumes in a Corpus Christi procession in Poland.
People dressed in regional costumes in a Corpus Christi procession in Poland.

What do people do?

Large groups of people take part in outdoor processions in many villages, towns and cities in Poland. The processions include children dressed in white who scatter flower petals on the streets. Some of the procession’s participants stop to pray at temporary shrines. Many homes are decorated with religious icons during Corpus Christi.

Public life

Corpus Christi is an official public holiday in Poland, so schools, banks, government offices and most private businesses are closed. There is a trade prohibition on public holidays in Poland. Traffic is stopped during the Corpus Christi procession times in many places in Poland. People intending to travel via public transport during public holidays must check with the public transit authorities on any changes to time schedules.


Corpus Christi is a festival that the Catholic Church has celebrated to honor the Eucharist since 1246. The name “Corpus Christi” is a Latin phrase that refers to the body of Christ. It is a moveable feast that is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday in Poland, a country where most of the population belongs to the Catholic Church. Corpus Christi is also observed in various countries in the world.


People scatter flowers on the streets to welcome Jesus, who is believed to walk the streets with the people during the Corpus Christi processions. The twigs that decorate the temporary prayer shrines are often torn off for good luck and happiness.

About Corpus Christi in other countries

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Corpus Christi Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
ThuJun 32010Corpus ChristiNational holiday
ThuJun 232011Corpus ChristiNational holiday
ThuJun 72012Corpus ChristiNational holiday
ThuMay 302013Corpus ChristiNational holiday
ThuJun 192014Corpus ChristiNational holiday
ThuJun 42015Corpus ChristiNational holiday
ThuMay 262016Corpus ChristiNational holiday
ThuJun 152017Corpus ChristiNational holiday
ThuMay 312018Corpus ChristiNational holiday
ThuJun 202019Corpus ChristiNational holiday
ThuJun 112020Corpus ChristiNational holiday

Quick Facts

Corpus Christi is an annual public holiday in Poland on the Thursday of the ninth week after Easter.

Corpus Christi 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Corpus Christi 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016


Name in other languages

Boże CiałoPolish
Corpus ChristiEnglish

List of dates for other years

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