Corpus Christi is a public holiday in the very Catholic nation of Colombia. First celebrated by Juliana of Cornellon in 1193, after she claimed to have received a message from Mary asking her to celebrate the Eucharist, Corpus Christi has become one of the top-ranking Catholic feast days and is celebrated all over the world.
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As in other countries where Corpus Christi is celebrated, there are special masses in Colombia followed by ornate street processions. People also lay colourful rugs or other items on the streets on which the procession passes.
In Colombia, the festivities in Anolaima go on for three days. In Bello, a colourful carpet of dyed sawdust is made for the local priest to walk on. And in Mogotes, horseback riding figures prominently in the festive events.