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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.

Is Corpus Christi a Public Holiday?

Corpus Christi is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

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

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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.

Background

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.

Symbols

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

Read more about Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010ThuJun 3Corpus ChristiNational holiday
2011ThuJun 23Corpus ChristiNational holiday
2012ThuJun 7Corpus ChristiNational holiday
2013ThuMay 30Corpus ChristiNational holiday
2014ThuJun 19Corpus ChristiNational holiday
2015ThuJun 4Corpus ChristiNational holiday
2016ThuMay 26Corpus ChristiNational holiday
2017ThuJun 15Corpus ChristiNational holiday
2018ThuMay 31Corpus ChristiNational holiday
2019ThuJun 20Corpus ChristiNational holiday
2020ThuJun 11Corpus ChristiNational holiday

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