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When Is Corpus Christi? - Holiday in Mexico

by Mike Wang on March 14, 2019

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Corpus Christi (Corpus Cristi) is a religious celebration in Mexico to honor the body and blood of Jesus, which is symbolized by bread and wine offered at church services on the day.

Is Corpus Christi a Public Holiday?

Corpus Christi is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Celebrate Corpus Christi

Mexicans attending church services receive communion wafers and wine or grape juice in honor of Jesus’ body and blood. It is also celebrated in Catholic and some Protestant churches worldwide. Mules’ Day (Día de las Mulas) is also celebrated on the same day, where people buy figures of mules made of dried corn leaves. Some of these are stuffed with candy.

Public Life

Corpus Christi is a religious observance and not a federal public holiday in Mexico.

About Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is normally celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. A procession is usually led by the pope of the Catholic Church in Rome every year. It is a mixed day for some Mexicans who also remember the infamous massacre of student demonstrators in Mexico City on the day of the Corpus Christi festival, on June 10, 1971. More than 100 people died that day, including a 14-year-old boy.

The Day of the Mules, which falls on Corpus Christi, is associated with pre-Hispanic rituals in which people gave thanks to deities of Gods through offerings. It is also believed that a mule knelt in reverence of God on the day of Corpus Christi.Corpus Christi Observances

Corpus Christi Observances

Year Weekday Date Name Holiday Type
2015 Thu 4 Jun Corpus Christi Observance
2016 Thu 26 May Corpus Christi Observance
2017 Thu 15 Jun Corpus Christi Observance
2018 Thu 31 May Corpus Christi Observance
2019 Thu 20 Jun Corpus Christi Observance
2020 Thu 11 Jun Corpus Christi Observance
2021 Thu 3 Jun Corpus Christi Observance
2022 Thu 16 Jun Corpus Christi Observance
2023 Thu 8 Jun Corpus Christi Observance
2024 Thu 30 May Corpus Christi Observance
2025 Thu 19 Jun Corpus Christi Observance

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