25th of July marks a double celebration in Galicia: it is the feast of Saint James (or Santiago, Sant Iago in Galician) and it is also Galicia’s Day.
Since 1979, 25th July is officially a national holiday in Galicia but its origins go back to 1919, when the Asamblea das Irmandades da Fala, a group of Galician intellectuals committed to the promotion of the Galician language and identity met in Santiago de Compostela, deciding to set 25th July, Saint James Day, as Galicia’s Day from the following year.
It was no coincidence that Saint James Day would be the chosen date to celebrate all-things Galician, after all, the Saint James Way pilgrim trail and the tomb of Saint James had been attracting visitors and pilgrims from all over the world for centuries, contributing to the sharing of ideas and cultural exchanges among people. It was also for this reason that the Camino de Santiago would be declared first European Cultural Route in 1987.
Santiago de Compostela is in celebratory mood this week, ahead of the 25th July, and so are we at CaminoWays.com.
In the past few weeks, Dublin-based artist Louise Butler has been painting at the CaminoWays.com office. As well as painting our logo, Louise has also been illustrating in a beautiful and colourful mural her own interpretation of the Camino de Santiago routes to Compostela and its many highlights. You can now admire Louise’s finished art work in our office living room. We hope you like it!
On Thursday 25th July, we would like to invite you all: former and present clients, Camino fans, prospective pilgrims… to join our Saint James Day celebration. From 4pm until 8pm we will be outside our office in 16 Redmond’s Hill (see how to get to the CaminoWays.com office). We will have practical information about the Camino de Santiago from our travel consultants and 53 Degrees North, you can collect a free pilgrim passport and your first Camino stamp, at 5pm we’ll have a free Camino de Santiago presentation upstairs, Galician singer Susana Garrido will be adding her musical touch to the day at 6pm and we will be enjoying more Camino-related activities…
Looking forward to seeing you! Happy Saint James Day!