Parading with numerous crucifixes, brilliantly coloured banners, statues and much pomp and devotion, the people of Sao Paulo celebrated Corpus Christi Day--June 5th.
Parading with numerous crucifixes, brilliantly coloured banners, statues and much pomp and devotion, the people of Sao Paulo celebrated Corpus Christi Day--June 5th. Prominantly Catholic by religion, the whole of Brazil staged similar devotions.
Highlight of the events were two parades, one during daylight and another at night. The daylight one started out from Sao Paulo Cathedral, 200,000 strong, supervised by the Cardinal Archbishop of the city, Don Carlos Carmello Vasconcellos Mota.
Over the sixteen separate groups, representing in the region of 100 religious associations together with innumerable Catholic schools and colleges, participate. Brilliant with colour the Sao Paulo background of skyscrapers and ultra-modern, American-type automobiles.
The torch-light procession on June 7th. was truly awe-inspiring, absolutely fabulous. Thousands of blazing torches bobbed along the main thoroughfares, their light throwing flickering shadows and illuminating the faces of the faithful. Centr-piece of this parade was a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, brought from France recently. Lourdes is close the hearts of most Brazilian Catholics and they seized this opportunity to honour Our Lady.
Among other events to commemorate Corpus Christi Day was an open-air concert given by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulus. The enthusiasm of the audience proved that Brazilians have liking for other music besides 'Samba'.