Every pilgrim registered for this July’s World Youth Day in Krakow will receive a backpack with a raincoat, multi-purpose scarf, towel, bracelet, pilgrim’s guide and prayer book. The complete backpack weighs about one kilo.
“We wanted the backpacks to be as functional as possible and to have basic items that pilgrims may find useful during WYD,” said Anna Chmura of the WYD Organising Committee.
Several items in the backpacks are multi-functional, such as the raincoat which not only protects from rain but can also be used to sit on grass, or the scarf that can cover the head or neck.
The pilgrim’s guide includes all necesary information about the event, while the prayer book lists all the religious ceremonies planned during WYD. The publications have been prepared in the nine official WYD languages.
The backpacks, which have been produced in red, blue and yellow colours, are distributed in the parishes and locations where pilgrims will stay – the colours will be assigned at random. The graphic design on the backpack is the spark of mercy – one of the elements of the logo of WYD Krakow 2016.
“When the backpack was being designed, the design and the shape were the most important. With the design, we wanted our message to be consistent, or take into account the topic of mercy and the spark, which will ‘come from Krakow to the whole world.’ That is why this element of the logo will be on the backpack. Coming to a final shape of the backpack took us almost three months!” said Monika Rybczyńska, coordinator of the design section of WYD Krakow 2016.
Additionally, Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is going to distribute a book devoted to the history of Poland and Krakow among pilgrims during the festival itself.