Red, the Gala Color for Corpus Christi
By Jesús Aguado
The feast of Corpus Christi (Christ’s body and blood) will be celebrated on Thursday, May 26. At this time, some families in the historic center set up the most beautiful altars.
Corpus Christi, according to the chronicles of Samuel Gómez and Donato Almanza, was a very special date for young people and children. “For children, it was a day more exiting than Three King’s Day because they could choose the cardboard toys that they wanted; for the young men and woman it was a wonderful day because they could stroll around in their new clothes and taste the delicious tamales and atole.” Nowadays, not too many people attend to watch the procession. There are no food stalls or stands for buying toys.
On the Thursday of Corpus Christi, the Holy Sacrament is carried through the streets of the historic center. From early morning on that day, families hang purple fabrics from their balconies and start setting up altars with symbolic representations of the body and body of Jesus Christ: grapes, bread, and wheat. The procession, with the body of Christ sheltered in the sacred receptacle, leaves from the church of St. Michael the Archangel around 8pm and follows calles Correo, Corregidora, San Francisco and Reloj. It continues to Mesones. At every altar, the procession stops, and the father prays for the family. The pilgrimage follows Hidalgo and Portal Allende. Around 10pm it ends with a mass as well as the ringing of bells. Flowers and aromatic herbs are the most abundant elements of the altars.