Corpus Christi in Brazil.

Hello friends from A Dica do Dia! Today we’re talking about the Corpus Christi in Brazil. The holiday always takes place on a Thursday but on a different date every year. Let’s check out Corpus Christi dates in the years to come:

Day of the week Date Month Year
Thursday 11 June 2020
Thursday 3 June 2021
Thursday 16 June 2022
Thursday 8 June 2023
Thursday 30 May 2024
Thursday 19 June 2025
Thursday 4 June 2026
Thursday 27 May 2027

In Brazil, Corpus Christi is a Catholic celebration for the Eucharist: the symbolic presence of the Body of Christ in the consecrated host.

Cultural aspects of Corpus Christi in Brazil

People participating on a procession of Corpus Christi in Brazil.

The Procession

In many cities in Brazil it’s common to decorate the streets where the procession will pass with carpets made from various materials and designed from drawings with religious inspiration.

Coloured Sawdust Carpets in Goiás for Corpus Christi in Brazil.

Coloured Sawdust Carpets in Goiás

In the state of Goiás for example, flowers from the cerrado and sawdust are used to create colorful carpets that cover the streets where the congregation goes by.

Men showing the Coloured Sawdust for Corpus Christi in Brazil.

Coloured Sawdust

In São Paulo, there’s a carpet made from crushed glass, flowers, dolomite and sawdust than stretches for 12 blocks throughout the city!

Corpus Christi in Rio de Janeiro

Here in Rio we also have a very special way to celebrate Corpus Christi. In the famous Candelária Church in the center of Rio there is a mass at 3 p.m. and when it finishes, people make a procession walking from Candelária to the Saint Sebastian Cathedral. During the celebration, large amounts of food are donated by people, which is then sent to homeless shelters and orphanages.

Vocabulary List

Feriado Holiday
Eucaristia Eucharist
Hóstia Consagrada Sacramental bread
Procissão Procession
Serragem Sawdust
Tapetes Coloridos Coloured Sawdust Carpets
Vidro Moído Crushed Glass
Dolomitas Dolomite
Quarteirões Blocks
Jesus Cristo Jesus Christ

Now it’s your turn!

To practice what you’ve learned, read the sentences and tell us if they are correct or incorrect. If the sentence is right you can put the letter C (correto) and the letter E (errado) for the wrong ones.

  1. This holiday happens on Tuesdays every year. (  )
  2. It celebrates the Eucharist. (  )
  3. People usually decorate the streets with colored carpets. (  )
  4. In Rio de Janeiro flowers from the cerrado and sawdust are used to create colorful carpets. (  )
  5. In Goiás, there’s a rug made from crushed glass, flowers, dolomite and sawdust than stretches out for 12 blocks.  (  )
  6. There’s a celebration in the Candelária Church in Rio de Janeiro.  (  )
  7. People usually donate food during the celebrations.  (  )
  8. The food is sent to rich people.  (  )
  9. This holiday is not celebrated in Brazil.  (  )
  10.  It’s very common to see processions on this date.  (  )

We hope that you’ve enjoyed getting to know our Corpus Christi in Brazil. Want to learn more Portuguese online? Check out our Online Portuguese Courses!

See you soon in the next A Dica do Dia and have a great holiday!

Hugs and kisses from the Rio & Learn team.

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Answers

  1. This holiday happens on Tuesdays every year. ( E )
  2. It celebrates the Eucharist. ( C )
  3. People usually decorate the streets with colored carpets. ( C )
  4. In Rio de Janeiro flowers from the cerrado and sawdust are used to create colorful carpets. ( E )
  5. In Goiás, there’s a rug made from crushed glass, flowers, dolomite and sawdust than stretches out for 12 blocks.  ( E )
  6. There’s a celebration in the Candelária Church in Rio de Janeiro.  ( C )
  7. People usually donate food during the celebrations.  ( C )
  8. The food is sent to rich people.  ( E )
  9. This holiday is not celebrated in Brazil.  ( E )
  10.  It’s very common to see processions on this date.  ( C )

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