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Reasons to follow The Way of Saint James during the Xacobeo Holy Year in 2021-2022


The Xacobeo Holy Year is an incredible experience that will delight you, a date that is eagerly awaited by pilgrims from all over the world. The well-known Jacobean pilgrimage routes of The Way of Saint James (Camino de Santiago) are full of events throughout the year: concerts, art exhibitions, conferences, talks, films, educational and academic activities, tourism, volunteering, cuisine, etc. Check the Xacobeo calendar to find out about all of them! IMPORTANT NOTICE: for the first time, the celebration of the Xacobeo Holy Year will be extended over two consecutive years (2021 and 2022) because of the pandemic.

The Xacobeo, also known as Jacobean Year, Holy Year or Jubilee Year, is only celebrated when the festival of James the Apostle or Santiago (25th July) falls on a Sunday. This happens at varying intervals, usually every 5 or 6 years, but occasionally we have to wait up to 11 years to celebrate the next Holy Year.Pope Callixtus II established the Jacobean Holy Year in 1126. The Catholic Church promised to pardon the sins of everyone who took the pilgrimage to the Apostle’s tomb during Holy Year, which is known as "earning the Jubilee".

Cathedral of Santiago

Did you know that you could also earn the Jubilee? Complete these three steps and the indulgence will be yours:- Visit the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. - Say a prayer and pray for the Pope’s intentions.- Confess and receive communion.Only during the Holy Year, the cathedral’s Holy Door will be opened so you can experience the privilege of entering the cathedral through it.

Old sign to The Way of Saint James

And if you’d like to experience something extra special during the Xacobeo 2021, follow The Way of Saint James (Camino de Santiago) during Holy Year via the various different routes, such as the Camino Francés (French Way), the Camino Primitivo (Primitive Way), the Camino de Invierno (Winter Way), the Camino Inglés (English Way), the Camino del Norte (Northern Way) or the Camino Portugués de la Costa (Portuguese Coastal Way), among others.

A cyclist on The Way of Saint James, Castrojeriz
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