Portugal Prepares for Corpus Christi Holy Day

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Guests staying in Portugal this June will have the opportunity to witness one of the most important events of the year in Portuguese culture.

Guests staying in Portugal this June will have the opportunity to witness one of the most important events of the year in Portuguese culture. Corpus Christi is a Western Catholic feast, which is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, which falls on June 23th this year.

This festival is particularly important in Portugal, and the celebrations are popular and elaborate. Music, dancing and fireworks are all part of the experience that guests to Quinta do Lago can enjoy if they plan their Portugal trip during this time.

This traditional Catholic festival commemorates the Eucharist, also known as the Holy Communion of the Lord’s Supper. According to the New Testament, Jesus gave his disciples bread and wine at the Last Supper, telling them it was his body and his blood. Therefore, when bread (or a wafer) and wine are consecrated in the Eucharist, they represent the body and blood of Christ and also Christ’s soul and divinity.

Mass will be held, and then a procession will carry the consecrated wafer through the streets. The processions are regarded as a public statement of the sacrifice of Christ. Since the wafer represents Christ in human form, it is treated as Christ would be, with ultimate reverence, ceremony and adoration. The processions are a fascinating event to behold, and dazzle visitors with their elaborate costumes and rituals.

Corpus Christi has been celebrated in Portugal for more than seven and a half centuries. The Corpus Christi celebrations that take place in Portugal have been passed down through generations and are the same as they were in the Middle Ages, including the wearing of traditional costumes during the processions. In some communities, there are medieval tournaments between St. George and the Dragon held, which symbolize the battle between Good and Evil.

Quinta do Lago is the ideal place to stay to enjoy a luxurious visit to Portugal during this religious festival. It is situated within the Algarve region, a sunny section of coastline along Southern Portugal. Not only is the Algarve a great place to enjoy Portuguese festivities, it is one of the most beautiful parts of Portugal, with the bright blue waters of the Atlantic lapping gently at the warm golden shoreline.

The Algarve is both laid-back and sophisticated at the same time, with high-end resorts such as Quinta do Lago providing superbly appointed accommodation in a completely relaxed atmosphere. The day can be spent observing traditional Corpus Christi events in a nearby village, and then guests can return to the resort for fine dining and live entertainment.

Quinta do Lago also boasts a state-of-the-art fitness centre and spa, and a close proximity to several championship-quality golf courses and the protected nature reserve Ria Formosa Park. Of course, the beautiful beaches are also an option for those looking to simply relax and unwind.

The Quinta do Lago resort provides guests to opportunity to rent private villas for their friends and family. These gorgeously designed residences, ranging from smaller one bedroom homes to sprawling five-bedroom villas, include private pools and gardens and offer guests a truly peaceful experience. For tourists who seek a glimpse into traditional Portuguese culture, while still wanting to enjoy high-end luxury, Quinta do Lago is the one of the finest of all the Algarve resorts.

June is a fantastic time to visit the Algarve, with average temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius and approximately 12 hours of sunshine per day! The Corpus Christi celebrations are a fascinating cultural experience to observe, and will give visitors an insight into the religious aspect of Portugal’s history.

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