Millions of Catholics are celebrating Corpus Christi around the world, not only with a Mass, but also with a procession through the streets carrying the Blessed Sacrament.
In the Swiss canton of Appenzell, the Corpus Christi Mass is held outside ahead of a colourful procession that winds its way to the main square. The city’s women and girls dress in native costumes traditional since the Middle Ages.
The feast of Corpus Christi is particularly popular in Poland and Austria where many towns and cities celebrate with a procession of the Blessed Sacrement.
Corpus Christi is a public holiday in six German states, in which many cities and towns hold processions. The young girls, particularly in Sorbian communities dress up as bridesmaids in white traditional clothing.