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Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi 2020 and 2021 in Seychelles

Around three-quarters of the population is Roman Catholic in Seychelles, due largely to the influence of long-time control by France during colonial times. Although 10 percent are Protestant and 15 percent follow some other (or no) religion, the great bulk of the people observe the public holiday of Corpus Christi each year.

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The date of Corpus Christi Day varies, though it’s often in June. It comes on the first Thursday following Trinity Sunday, which places it around two months after Easter.

The basis for Corpus Christi, which means “body of Christ” in Latin, is the Catholic tradition that on this day Christ instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper. The holiday celebrates the Catholic belief in transubstantiation, which says that the bread and wine of holy communion are transformed into the actual body and blood of Jesus.

In Seychelles, people attend special holy mass services on Corpus Christi and take part in or watch numerous religious street processions.