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May
2016

Communions season has now finished, now starts Corpus Christi 2016

The long month of May is nearly over, summer is getting closer and finally it's time to accept, the little ones are starting the growing up process. They have celebrated their big day and all that this entails; it is a significant step in their childhood. Thus beginning the last stage as Infant Christians, and it is to reaffirm their faith, their presence remains indispensable in the popular procession of Corpus Christi.

It is a matter of paramount importance to celebrate this traditional Christian holiday. It is religious festival that is awaited with bated breath in many countries around the world, and is celebrated 60 days after Easter Sunday, and always on the first Thursday following the eighth Sunday. This year, the official celebration of Corpus Christi will take place on Thursday 26th of May, although in some cities it will take place over the next three days.  

Altar of Corpus Christi

The origin of this popular religious event comes from the Middle Ages, and was promoted by Mother Superior Juliana of Liège, who proposed a new celebration on a previously solemn ceremony, in honour of the body and blood of Christ.
The celebrations of the popular Corpus Christi 2016, will as always, start with a grand mass followed by a series of processions in which a symbolic and blessed host (body of Christ) will be guarded and exhibited in the streets of hundreds of towns and cities.

If on that landmark day you are staying at one of our hotels, the procession of Corpus Christi 2016 will be procession not to be missed, whatever your chosen destination: Benidorm, Villajoyosa, Mojácar, Peñíscola Alcocéber, Orihuela ,La Manga or Cartagena.

In Benidorm, this yearly traditional procession usually leaves the classical Church of San Jaime and Santa Ana, then carries on through the most central and symbolic streets of the town. This popular pageant from the emblematic church continues down through the Main Street (Calle Mayor) and crossing the Alameda Avenue and Paseo de la Carretera.

It has various stops along the way, presenting their artistic altars, commemorative religious songs and the emotional Corpus blessings that include not only the children but Catholics of all ages, celebrating this tradition.

In Villajoyosa, Peñíscola and Alcalà de Xivert the celebration of Corpus Christi follows a very similar pattern: in the case of Villajoyosa, the procession usually leaves from the Templo Cristo Resucitado (Temple of Christ Rising) towards the Church of Our Lady of Asuncion; In Peniscola the cobbled streets of the old town are covered with red carpets and are crossed by its main protagonists; at the classical Church of John the Baptist, it is traditional for the children who have taken their Communion in Alcala de Xivert Alcocéber, to meet up, always with the parents, to then start the traditional procession through the most legendary and popular streets of Castellon town Alcala de Xivert.

Down through the old town of Peñiscola

In Orihuela the feast of Corpus Christi is more varied, less solemn and enriched with typical dances of the Baroque period, where at the placing of the altars which symbolise the Cathedral, choirs interpret some touching musical pieces. This tradition originally dates back to the fifteenth century.

In Mojacar, the streets of this pretty Almeria village are embellished with the traditional launch of rose petals, which throughout the route they are accompanied by the Municipal Band of Mojacar.

Children leading the procession in Mojácar

La Manga and Cartagena decorate their streets with a distinctive mixture of flowers, sawdust and coloured salt; for its spectacular and emotional procession. Thus, the old town exudes excitement amongst all that assist in this special day, which is usually presided over with great prominence by the Archbishop of Cartagena.

An emotional day especially for the little ones, although it is only an official holiday in the communities of Castilla La Mancha and Madrid, it is celebrated in all parts of the country.

This is without a doubt, a special occasion where children and adults come together to celebrate the Christian festival of the Eucharist.

Images courtesy of Peñíscola Town hall and Mojácar Tourism Office

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