Last Sunday was Corpus Domini, the feast of Corpus Cristi. This is a religious Catholic feast which for obvious reasons doesn’t go by without being noticed in Italy. In Umbria, the town of Spello is famous for its flower exhibitions during Corpus Domini: the “infiorata”. But other villages and towns do also exhibit wonderful flower decorations. Also in my little home town of Tuoro sul Trasimeno where I made the pictures for the presentation here below.
Not all of you will know what Corpus Domini is all about and to be honost, nor did I. I looked it up on Wikipedia where it says that the feast of Corpus Cristi is “celebrating the tradition and belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ and his Real Presence in the Eucharist. It is also celebrated in some Anglican, Lutheran, and Old Catholic Churches that hold similar beliefs regarding the Real Presence”.
On the day of Corpus Domini, after church, a procession goes through town where the inhabitants have already started in the early hours of the day to decorate the streets with flowers. In Spello these are really artistic decorations, but also in my home town it is quite impressive. It is every year a lot of effort and work, but it is lovely to see how a whole community participates. Have a look:
- Posted by Saskia van der Bolt -