FLORES DA CUNHA, Brazil – Colorful sawdust carpets and processions livened up the celebration of Corpus Christi on Thursday in the country with the largest number of Catholics in the world.
Hundreds of Brazilians participated this week to create the traditional salt and sawdust decorative carpets depicting religious images, which line the streets and sidewalks around many of the country’s churches.
Located in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, the town of Flores da Cunha has become the epicenter of the Corpus Christi celebrations in the region, attracting some 30,000 tourists this year, according to organizers.
The municipal administration said that volunteers used 70 tons of salt and sawdust to create 41 carpets this year, including a gigantic one in the Praça da Bandeira, the town’s main square.
The celebration, which includes religious and cultural activities, will go on until June 3.
The traditional Corpus Christi sawdust carpets were also created in many other small towns and major cities, including Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Joao Pessoa, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.