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July 25 St James Day

Which way will you go? Today is St James’ Day. (July 25).  Europe celebrates St James’ Day with special church services, art exhibitions, theatre productions, street shows, concerts and processions….reports Asian Lite News

July 25 St James Day
July 25 St James Day

 

The best celebrations are taking place at Santiago de Compostela, the capital of  Galicia in northwestern Spain.

The city has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the city’s cathedral, as destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route originated in the 9th century. In 1985 the city’s Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The patron saint of Portugal and Spain has also inspired pilgrims to flock to the city from many corners of Europe using the ‘Way of St James’ – probably the most popular long distance walking routes in the world with well over 200,000 people embarking on their own personal journey each year.

 

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