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Saint James’ feast has become a day of national celebrations all over Spain. Not only is he the patron saint of Spain, but also one of the 12 Apostles. So, wherever you are in Spain on the 25th of July, you might have a chance to spot some extraordinary processions and celebrations.
On Holy years or Jubilee years, which occur each time the 25th of July falls on a Thursday, celebrations around the country are even bigger than usual. If you’re walking the Camino in the future, you will need to plan ahead for the next occurrence in 2021. However, there are no greater celebrations than in Santiago de Compostela.
The Apostle’s remains are said to be buried there. Should you be in Santiago on the Feast Day of any year you will be able to admire the secular processions, special pilgrim mass, bullfights and the world famous La Fachada fireworks display.
Other events around Galicia and the Basque Country
Just ask the local tourist office of the town in which you are staying for details of what will be going on for the Feast on July 25th or see Fiestas.net
Most towns would organise:
– Special church services to honour the life and work of Saint James
– Exhibitions of artwork by artists born or living in or near Santiago de Compostela
– Theatre productions and street shows
– Modern and traditional music concerts, including bagpipe performances
– Traditional dance events held outside
Can’t make it to Spain for the Feast Day?
Traditionally, those who could not make the pilgrimage to St. James’s shrine on the 25th of July would eat oysters or scallops on that day. They would also gather up seashells, bits of broken coloured glass, pretty stones, and flowers in order to build little grottoes. If you can’t make it, why not honour this lovely tradition instead?
Take a look at what we know about St. James here
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