Check in Silesia: comparing May 30th in Poland and in the Canary Islands.

data publikacji: 30.05.2013 10:00

Today, May 30th, takes place an official public holiday in Poland, as it does in the Canary archipelago, where I’m from.

In Poland, we will be celebrating Corpus Christi (Boze Cialo), which is the day when the Catholic Church commemorates the practice of Holy Eucharist. During this day, large groups of people take part in outdoor processions in many villages, towns and cities in Poland. The processions include children dressed in white who scatter flower petals on the streets. Some of the procession’s participants stop to pray at temporary shrines. Many homes are decorated with religious icons during Corpus Christi. This festival has been celebrated since 1246. Its name comes from the Latin and refers to the body of Christ.

Schools, banks, government offices and most private businesses are closed in Poland during this festivity, as well as they are in the Canary Islands, Spain.

The Day of the Canary Islands (Día de Canarias) is a public holiday celebrated in the Canary Islands on May 30 each year. This event celebrates the islands' culture and people. It also marks the anniversary of the autonomous Canary Islands Parliament's first session, which was on May 30, 1983. Many schools hold extra classes about the Canary Islands' history and culture and organize parties for their students in the days and weeks before the Day of the Canary Islands. Celebrations held during this day include: special church services, typical sports events, public and private parties, tastings of traditional foods and wine from the Canary Islands, concerts featuring traditional and modern music, exhibitions showcasing art and crafts made by people living on the Canary Islands and communal meals. People also fly the Canary Islands flag on public buildings and private homes.

            If you wish to keep digging into Polish culture, don’t miss out INDUSTRIADA, an exceptional one-day festival presenting the industrial heritage of Silesia region.

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