Floral carpets on Corpus Christi Day May 31, 2018 20:34:24 GMT 1
Post by Bonobo on May 31, 2018 20:34:24 GMT 1
In the village of Spycimierz people create floral carpets.
Spycimierz [spɨˈt͡ɕimjɛʂ] is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Uniejów, within Poddębice County, Łódź Voivodeship, in central Poland. It lies approximately 4 kilometres (2 mi) south-west of Uniejów, 15 km (9 mi) west of Poddębice, and 52 km (32 mi) west of the regional capital Łódź.
The village has a population of 380. It is famous for a beatiful celebration of the Corpus Domini feast when the inhabitants create flower carpets along 2 km long route of the procession.
Agnieszka Tomaszczuk, The Floral Carpet and Its Role in the Life of Parishioners. On the Celebration of Corpus Christi in Spycimierz
In Spycimierz, a small village near Uniejów, Corpus Christi is not only a religious and family holiday, but also an unusual event for the whole parish; its extreme importance lies in the fact that all the parishioners join in a certain task and become involved in a joint endeavour. An important part of the local custom are the preparations for the Corpus Christi Holy Mass and procession, which consist of creating a fantastic carpet composed of the bountiful gifts of Nature. The author presents a detailed description of the creation of the floral carpet, its appearance, and social significance.
Before Corpus Christi Day a lot of inhabitants of Spycimierz can be met in meadows and fields picking up flowers, leaves and bark for huge carpets that are arranged for the day. The carpets are about 2 km long and participants of the procession can admire flowery arrangements in forms of angels, hearts, grape bunches, monstrance, crosses, national symbols or various geometrical patterns. In Rawa Mazowiecka, in the octave of Cor-
pus Christi Day flower petals are scattered to arrange similar carpets in the church of Passionist dedicated to St Paul of Cross.
See how it is made in video embedded in the article