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Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for "Body of Christ") is a Catholic liturgical solemnity celebrating the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Eucharistknown as transubstantiation.

About a week ago Catholic Church has celebrated the Corpus Christi. In Poland it is a bank holiday. Catholic communities organize processions, starting usually at an outdoor altar built near the church and going to four further outdoor altars with the monstrance which is believed to carry the real body of God.
Children participate actively in this demonstration of faith. Boys carry little bells. Girls are often dressed up in traditional regional clothes and they spread flower petals in front of the monstrance carried by the priest under a canopy.

Because it is not popular in the west, I really wanted to show it to my little daughter. It so happened that the day before we were in Krakow and we bought her the traditional costume of the Krakow Region, which is very colourful. We didnt manage to arrange flower petals for her though.

In this picture you see the Corpus Christi procession in my home town Tarnow. It is one of the most religious regions in the country. Over 80% of population attends regularly the Sunday mass services.
In the bottom left corner you see a little girl throwing flower petals in the air. BTW: She does not wear the traditional costume and she is not my daughter.

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