Thousands of people turned out in the Polish town of Lowicz on Thursday (9 June) to celebrate Corpus Christi day.
GV: people walking through streets of Lowicz, Poland.
SV: women dressed in national costume arriving for procession.
CU PAN UP: traditional costume, with nine-tiered skirt.
SV: Tourists buying dolls dressed in national costume (2 shots)
SV: children wearing national costumes walking along street
SV: one of four altars.
SV PAN FROM: religious banner to people leaving church.(2 shots)
CU: girls dressed in white leaving church after Holy Communion, followed by boys dressed in blue suits. (2 shots)
SV: Bishop carrying monstrance, surrounded by church members and passing through archway into square. (2 shots)
TV: procession through crowded streets and Bishop carrying monstrance followed by crowd.(3 shots)
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Background: Thousands of people turned out in the Polish town of Lowicz on Thursday (9 June) to celebrate Corpus Christi day.
SYNOPSIS: It's an annual celebration and Thursday was a public holiday. The streets of Lowicz, which is about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Warsaw, were crowded with people dressed in national costumes. The region's one of the few remaining where the traditional dress is still worn.
The day is also popular with the tourists who flock to buy dolls and other souvenirs.
Children featured predominantly in the celebrations
The day of Corpus Christi was instituted in the 11th century, but it was not until the middle of the 14th century that it became generally accepted. It's now one of the Roman Catholic Church. The banners carried on Thursday asked Jesus to bring peace and reconciliation of all mankind.
On the same day children took Communion after confirming the vows taken for them by their Godparents at their Baptism. The Bishop then leads a procession through the streets. He's assisted in that by two laymen who have been specially selected for the occasion.
Poland is largely a Roman Catholic country. Church leaders have made it clear that the Church must have a recognised public character. They are resisting the government's idea to separate the Church from the State.