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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.

Is Corpus Christi a Public Holiday?

Corpus Christi is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

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

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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

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Corpus Christi Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015ThuJun 4Corpus ChristiObservance
2016ThuMay 26Corpus ChristiObservance
2017ThuJun 15Corpus ChristiObservance
2018ThuMay 31Corpus ChristiObservance
2019ThuJun 20Corpus ChristiObservance
2020ThuJun 11Corpus ChristiObservance
2021ThuJun 3Corpus ChristiObservance
2022ThuJun 16Corpus ChristiObservance
2023ThuJun 8Corpus ChristiObservance
2024ThuMay 30Corpus ChristiObservance
2025ThuJun 19Corpus ChristiObservance

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