The practice of public spectacle on religious feasts is certainly an old one, in which believers take to the streets in revelry or reverence, or a mixture of both. In more pluralistic, secularized societies such celebrations tend to be muted or absent. Yet outdoor spectacle does continue, and Corpus Christi is one such occasion.
Mercury News has an array of photos from around the world, including Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Italy, Brazil, and Panama, ranging from decorous sobriety to emotional drama. They feature street processions, native costume, and special displays, all for the feast of Corpus Christi. The pics that take the cake are from Panama. They feature colorful masks and a dance displaying the devil doing penance. Who knew?
HT / Catholic Herald, UK