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Why is July 25th a Holiday?

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23 July 2019

Why is July 25th a Holiday?

The students of the Spanish courses ask us what happens on July 25th, which is a holiday in many parts of Spain? We answer that it corresponds to the day of the Apostle James.

However, even though we say this, the answer remains empty because normally the history of the saints is not known. Therefore, we will tell you a little about this feast:

This apostle is one of the most important figures in Christianity. Around the year 813 in the time of the King of Asturias Alfonso II the Chaste, a Christian hermit saw some lights on the uninhabited mountain. In that place they found a tomb of possible Roman origin. A decapitated body was found there with its head under its arm. The king ordered a church to be built and from there the cathedral was created, as this is how this saint was buried.

Pilgrimage to this place has become both a cultural and sporting phenomenon. The paths can start from any part of Europe and at the end arrive at a room and you will be sealed in your compostelana the journey you have made. This pilgrimage comforts the person who carries it out since for many days’ life is simplified in walking, eating, thinking and enjoying the natural landscapes that the path poses for you. If at the end you arrive to Santiago de Compostela you will be able to enjoy the delicious Tarta de Santiago that with a simple composition of 5 eggs, 250g of ground almonds, a teaspoon of cinnamon, 250g of sugar, grated lemon peel and icing sugar to decorate we have the ingredients of this delicious one. If your mouth is watering, you could look for the complete recipe with the ingredients that we have indicated and thus you will have the perfect celebration.

We also invite you to stop by the Cathedral on July 25th as a special celebration is usually held for this day. The most special thing could be to enter the cathedral and see how the botafumeiro swings quickly in the central corridor flying over people's heads. The culture now absolutely complements the language and the meanings of the words in some contexts. A need to understand arises in order to be able to express and communicate what surrounds us at that moment.