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Corpus Christi

The Feast of the Body of Christ

Corpus Christi is a long-standing tradition in our islands, going back to our pre-British occupation by the Catholic Spaniards. Though mainly observed by Roman Catholics, it is a designated public holiday. This special feast day is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, in commemoration of the institution of the Holy Eucharist. The impressive processions that take place (the biggest is in front of the Cathedral on Independence Square in Port of Spain) give you just a glimpse into the sacredness and significance of the occasion.

Followers of the Roman Catholic faith will attend church on Corpus Christi before going to their choice of processions taking place throughout the country. Many people regard this day as an auspicious time to tend to their garden as it is said that anything planted on this day will thrive.

Did You Know

Before the arrival of the Spanish, the Carib people called Trinidad "The Land of the Hummingbird".

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