Saint James’ Day in Santiago de Compostela – Celebrate with Galiwonders

Are you planning to visit Santiago de Compostela during these dates? Keep reading and you will know everything you can find in Galicia on this famous day!

July 25th: St. James the Apostle’s Day

The 25th of July is celebrated the Apostle Santiago’s day in Galicia. It is a very special date for the city of Santiago de Compostela and the whole Community, and we did not want to miss the opportunity to celebrate this special day with you, our pilgrims. In addition to all the activities and celebrations that you can find during these days, we have decided to launch a very special promo so that this fall you can enjoy the Camino with us.

 
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    DETAILS OF THE SANTIAGO APOSTLE WEEK PROMO 2023

    All bookings confirmed between July 20th and July 27th will include a free 30′ pilgrim/person massage. This massage can be enjoyed after ending The Camino, in Santiago de Compostela.

    The requirements to benefit from this promotion are:

    1. To get your complimentary pilgrim massage in Santiago, you just have to confirm your booking from the 20th to the 27th of July 2023.
      To do so your booking, you must proceed to the payment of the 20% deposit (or the total amount, if the trip starts in less than 1 month).
    2. Choose a route that ends in Santiago de Compostela.

    Please note that this promotion applies only to travel packages that meet these requirements:
    -Bookings confirmed between July 20 and July 27, 2023 (both inclusive), based on Spanish mainland time. Does not apply to bookings confirmed before or after these dates.
    -The booking is considered confirmed only when the deposit payment has been paid (20%, or 100% in the case of trips starting in less than one month).
    -Applies to trips of at least 5 nights. Trips of less than 5 nights are not eligible for this promotion.
    -Applies only to bookings passing through Santiago de Compostela, where the massage center is located (Plaza de la Quintana).

    Please note that this promotion does not apply to returning customers, partners (such as travel agencies) and to customers that have received another discount.

    -The company reserves the right to offer an alternative gift in case the pilgrim massage is not available on the travel dates.

     
     

    The day of the Apostle

    The festivities of Saint James the Apostle are celebrated in the city of Santiago de Compostela from July 21 until the end of the month. During this time, you can find both religious events and cultural activities for all audiences. Galician tradition and music invade Santiago de Compostela, filling the streets with life and a very festive atmosphere.

    When is Santiago Apostle celebrated and what happens on these dates?

    July 25th is the most important date, as it is the day of St. James the Apostle (a public holiday in Galicia). In addition, on the night of July 24, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is illuminated with a fireworks display in honor of the Apostle. If you want to see them, the Plaza del Obradoiro is the best place, because you will be able to contemplate the lights and the sound resounding in the Cathedral. However, it is usually quite crowded, and there are other very interesting spots in the city where you can watch this unique night: La Alameda, Eugenio Granell Park, As Cancelas or Carlomagno Park are the perfect places not to miss this spectacle.

    What activities can you find during the month of July?

    On the day of Santiago Apostle and during its festivities, music will have a great protagonism. You can enjoy dance performances, music, workshops for children and much more. In addition, you can attend the Dron Festival Gaelic GP Mundial on Saturday July 22, a spectacle of light and color that promises to leave everyone who attends speechless. The main squares of the city, such as Praza da Quintana, Praza de Mazarelos and Toural, will be filled with music performances of different styles: traditional Galician music, rock, indie…

    Traditional costumes

    Do you want to discover the Galician tradition? Then don’t miss the opportunity to explore the real folklore during the Día do Traxe Galego (Galician Costume Day) , which will be held on Saturday, July 29 for most of the day.

    And how about learning about traditional games?

    On July 28 and 29, there will be a “Torneo de Chave“, a popular Galician game in which participants must throw discs to hit a metal piece.

    In addition to traditional games, there will also be meetings of giants and big heads “Cabezudos”, iconic figures of the party representing stereotypical characters. This tradition has its origin in the Middle Ages, but it is still very much alive. You will be able to see these incredible giants on the 24 th at 12:00 noon at Praza da Quintana and Praza do Toural at 12:30 noon.

    Who was Santiago (Saint James for the English speakers)

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    According to the Bible, James was the son of Zebedee and Salome, and older brother of the apostle John. His Latin name, Iacobus, comes from the Hebrew Ya’akov. In Spanish, Santiago is a deformation of the Latin ‘Sanctus Iacobus’. He is also known as Santiago the Greater, to distinguish him from the other Apostle James, the Lesser.

    The Apostle’s Day in Spain

    According to legends, St. James preached in the Iberian Peninsula and after his death, his body arrived on the Galician coast by ship. From there, he was taken inland to be buried in Santiago de Compostela.

    Santiago has been the patron saint of Spain since the 17th century. Since 1630, the Apostle’s Day has been celebrated every July 25. Although this is not the oldest celebration: since 1122, the year in which the last stone of the Romanesque Cathedral was laid, every time St. James’ Day fell on a Sunday, it was a Holy Year in Santiago de Compostela. All pilgrims arriving in Compostela in a Holy Year can receive pardons and blessings from the Church. The next Holy Year will be in 2021 and a large influx of pilgrims is expected in the city.

    And a curious fact: many Spanish, Galician and Portuguese names come from the name of the Apostle: Jacobo, Jacob, Jaime, Iago, Yago, Diego, Diogo, Tiago and of course, Santiago.

    The National Day of Galicia

    In 1919, the Galician nationalists decided that they would celebrate Galicia Day on July 25, starting the following year. The date was chosen in honor of St. James the Apostle, patron saint of Galicia and its capital, Compostela.

    The celebrations were halted during the Franco regime, as displays of any nationalism other than Spanish were forbidden. Galicians abroad gathered to celebrate this day and some of those who remained offered a symbolic mass for the famous Galician poet Rosalía de Castro. Nevertheless, there were religious celebrations, since Santiago was the patron saint of Spain and Franco’s regime promoted Spanish nationalism.

    If you want to visit Santiago or walk the Way of St. James, do not hesitate to contact us! At Galiwonders, we will take care of all the organization so you can forget about the problems and focus on enjoying your trip.

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      Santiago Apostle’s Day 2023 programme

      Santiago Apostle's Day 2023 programme

      You can check the full programme here.

       

      APOSTLE  2023 PROGRAMME

      THURSDAY 20th

      11.30 h
      BOLBORETAS
      SOLEDAD FELLOZA
      PARQUE DO COTAREDO
      Red Cultural de la Diputación de A Coruña

      20 h
      CONCIERTO
      BANDA MUNICIPAL DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
      PRAZA DAS PRATERÍAS
      Tarde de baile
      Voz: Antonio Barros
      Dirige: Casiano Mouriño

      22 h
      PREGÓN
      desde el balcón del Pazo de Raxoi a cargo de LEILÍA
      PRAZA DO OBRADOIRO

      22.15 h
      CONCIERTO
      THE ORIGINAL WAILERS
      PRAZA DO OBRADOIRO

      FRIDAY 21th

      10 h – 12 h
      ALBORADA a cargo de OS VALENTES DE CONXO

      20 h
      DANZA NO CAMIÑO
      SOMOS (CATALUÑA)
      Coreografía e interpretación: Clara Cervantes y Sandra Egido
      LUCERO (MADRID)
      Coreografía e interpretación: Alejandro Moya
      (ÍOR) (CATALUÑA)
      Coreografía: Marc Fernández
      Interpretación: Marc Fernández y Julio León
      OLLOS CARA A ADENTRO (GALICIA)
      Coreografía e Interpretación:
      Elena Castellanos y Xián Martínez
      PRAZA DE SAN MARTIÑO PINARIO

      22 h
      CONCIERTO
      SARAH MCCOY
      PRAZA DA QUINTANA

      22 h
      CONCIERTO
      ORQUESTRA STÉREO
      ALAMEDA

      SATURDAY 22th

      10 h – 12 h
      ALBORADA a cargo de ASOCIACIÓN CULTURAL PANA RAIADA

      11 h
      CONCIERTO
      XACOBEO CLARINET FEST
      PRAZA DA QUINTANA

      10 h – 00.55 h
      DRON GAELIC GP MUNDIAL
      PARQUE DE BELVÍS

      21 h
      MUSICAL PETER, VOAMOS!
      Aspas
      AUDITORIO DE GALICIA
      Gratuíto. Recogida de entradas en la Zona C, de martes a sábado de 11 a 14 h y de 16 a 19 h

      21 h
      JORNADAS DE FOLCLORE GALEGO
      Actuación de los grupos de baile tradicional
      AGRUPACIÓN FOLCLÓRICA CANTIGAS E AGARIMOS
      AGRUPACIÓN FOLCLÓRICA COLEXIATA DE SAR
      GRUPO DE BAILE E MÚSICA TRADICIONAIS BRINCADEIRA
      OBRADOIRO DE CULTURA TRADICIONAL ULTREIA
      PRAZA DA QUINTANA

      21 h
      CONCIERTO
      L.A.
      PARQUE DE GALERAS

      22 h
      ORQUESTA
      FOLIADA D ASES
      ALAMEDA

      SUNDAY 23th

      10 h – 12 h
      ALBORADA a cargo de ASOCIACIÓN CULTURAL O CASTRO DE FIGUEIRAS

      12 h – 13 h
      EXHIBICIÓN DE DANZA URBANA
      ALUMNAS DE LA ESCUELA AVD173
      PRAZA DA QUINTANA

      12.15 h – 12.45 h
      TALLER DE INICIACIÓN A DANZAS URBANAS
      HIPHOP, DANCEHALL Y HOUSE DANCE
      PRAZA DA QUINTANA

      21 h
      CONCIERTO
      LUCÍA ALDAO
      PARQUE DE GALERAS

      22 h
      CONCIERTO
      ÁNGEL STÁNICH
      PRAZA DA QUINTANA

      MONDAY 24th

      10 h – 12 h
      ALBORADA a cargo de ASOCIACIÓN CULTURAL XIRANDAINA

      ENCUENTRO DE GIGANTES Y CABEZUDOS
      12 h PRAZA DA QUINTANA
      12.30 h PRAZA DO TOURAL

      21 h
      CONCIERTO
      ANXO ARAÚJO
      PARQUE DE GALERAS

      22 h
      CONCIERTO
      XABIER DÍAZ E ADUFEIRAS DE SALITRE
      PRAZA DA QUINTANA

      22 h
      ORQUESTA
      HORIZON THE SHOW
      ALAMEDA

      23.30 h.
      ESPECTÁCULO PIROTÉCNICO
      ALAMEDA
      PARQUE EUGENIO GRANELL
      CIDADE DA CULTURA
      PARQUE CARLOMAGNO
      AS CANCELAS

      TUESDAY 25th

      12.30 h
      COMPARSA DE CABEZUDOS
      TEATRO PRINCIPAL
      Recorrido: rúa Nova, praza das Praterías, Fonseca, rúa do Franco, praza do Toural, rúa Nova, Caldeirería, Praza de Abastos, praza de Cervantes, Santo Agostiño, rúa Travesa, Casas Reais, Preguntoiro, Fonte Sequelo y rúa Nova

      21 h
      CONCIERTO
      SESO DURÁN
      PARQUE DE GALERAS

      22 h
      CONCIERTO
      CIMAFUNK
      PRAZA DA QUINTANA

      WEDNESDAY 26th

      10 h – 12 h
      ALBORADA a cargo de ENXEBRES DE SAN LÁZARO

      19 h
      CIRCO HOME
      COMPAÑÍA CRISTINA SOLÉ
      PARQUE DE BONAVAL

      20 h
      CONCIERTO
      AMALTEA
      Peregrinos musicais
      PRAZA DE MAZARELOS

      21 h
      CONCIERTO
      CATUXA SALOM
      PARQUE DE GALERAS

      22 h
      CONCIERTO
      TITO RAMÍREZ
      PRAZA DA QUINTANA

      THURSDAY 27th

      10 h – 12 h
      ALBORADA a cargo de ASOCIACIÓN DE VECIÑOS AS BRAÑAS DE ANDRÉS

      11.30 h
      UN SACO DE CONTOS
      MARÍA DE LOS ÁNGELES GOÁS AMADO
      PARQUE DO COTAREDO
      Red Cultural de la Deputación de A Coruña

      12 h
      BRINCA VAI! DE AQUÍ E ACOLÁ
      PACO NOGUEIRAS
      PARQUE DA PONTEPEDRIÑA
      Red Cultural de la Deputación de A Coruña

      20 h
      CONCIERTO
      JORGE SUÁREZ, CHELO
      GaNador del XIII Concurso Peregrinos musicais
      PRAZA DE MAZARELOS

      20.30 h
      XLV TORNEO DE LLAVE FESTAS DO APÓSTOLO
      ALAMEDA. AL LADO DE LA ESCUELA INFANTIL
      DE SANTA SUSANA

      21 h
      CONCIERTO
      BANDA MUNICIPAL DE MÚSICA DE SANTIAGO
      DE COMPOSTELA Y LA EUROPEJSKA ORKIESTRA
      Dirige: David Fiuza
      PRAZA DA QUINTANA

      21 h
      CONCIERTO
      THE RAPANTS
      PARQUE DE GALERAS

      22.30 h
      ENDATERRA
      ASOCIACIÓN CULTURAL XACARANDAINA
      Recogida de invitaciones los días 25, 26 27 y 28 en la Zona C (Praza de Cervantes) en horario de 11 a 14 h y de 16 a 19 PABELLÓN DE FONTIÑAS

      FRIDAY 28th

      10 h – 12 h
      ALBORADA a cargo de ASOCIACIÓN CULTURAL XIRANDAINA

      19 h
      CIRCO LA TROUPE MALABÓ
      PARQUE DE BONAVAL

      XLV TORNEO DE LLAVE FESTAS DO APÓSTOLO
      19.30 h TORNEO FEMENINO
      20.30 h TORNEO MASCULINO
      ALAMEDA. AL LADO DE LA ESCUELA INFANTIL DE SANTA SUSANA

      20 h
      CONCIERTO
      ENSEMBLE 4 ESTACIONES DE VIVALDI
      Peregrinos musicais
      PRAZA DE MAZARELOS

      21 h
      CONCIERTO
      SILA LÚA
      PARQUE DE GALERAS

      21 h
      REAL FILHARMONÍA DE GALICIA
      Dirección: Baldur Brönnimann
      Tenor: Santiago Ballerini
      PRAZA DA QUINTANA

      22 h
      ORQUESTA CINEMA
      ALAMEDA

      22.30 h
      ENDATERRA ASOCIACIÓN CULTURAL XACARANDAINA
      Recogida de invitaciones los días 25, 26 27 e 28 en la Zona C (Praza de Cervantes) en horario de 11 a 14 h y de 16 a 19 PABELLÓN DAS FONTIÑAS

      SATURDAY 29th

      10 h – 12 h
      ALBORADA a cargo de ASOCIACIÓN CULTURAL
      PENA MAIOR DE MARROZOS

      11 a 21 h
      II FERIA DEL VESTIR “DE ONTE A HOXE”

      11.30 a 19.30h
      DIA DEL TRAJE GALLEGO

      17 h
      XLV TORNEO DE LLAVE FESTAS DO APÓSTOLO
      FINAL FEMENINA FINAL MASCULINA
      ALAMEDA. AL LADO DE LA ESCUELA INFANTIL DE STA. SUSANA

      19 h
      CIRCO SUMA GLAMPING
      PARQUE DE BONAVAL

      20 h
      CONCIERTO
      ENSEMBLE CSG
      Peregrinos musicais
      PRAZA DE MAZARELOS

      21 h
      CONCIERTO
      APART
      PARQUE DE GALERAS

      22.30 h
      DANZA BAILADOR
      PRAZA DA QUINTANA

      22 h
      ORQUESTA ATENAS
      ALAMEDA

      SUNDAY 30th

      11.30 h – 20.45 h
      TRADFEST
      PARQUE DE BONAVAL

      20 h
      CONCIERTO
      MISHA ZEMTSOVE E ILONA TIMCHENKO
      Peregrinos musicais
      PRAZA DE MAZARELOS

      20 h
      DANZA ITINERANTE JULIA LAPORT & DIANA MONTSERRAT
      PRAZA DE CERVANTES
      RÚA DO PREGUNTOIRO
      RÚA DAS ORFAS
      RÚA NOVA
      PRAZA DO TOURAL

      21.30 h
      VERÓNICA CODESAL
      PRAZA DA QUINTANA

      22.45 h
      XURXO FERNÁNDES
      PRAZA DA QUINTANA

      MONDAY 31th

      10 h – 12 h
      ALBORADA a cargo da ASOCIACIÓN CULTURAL DEVAGARIÑO

      13 h
      DÍA DE PADRÓN EN SANTIAGO
      BANDAS MUNICIPALES DE MÚSICA DE PADRÓN Y DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
      PRAZA DO OBRADOIRO

      20.30 h
      CONCIERTO
      BRATZANTIFA PONGO
      PRAZA DA QUINTANA

      22.30 h
      CONCIERTO
      PROXECTO LORCA
      PRAZA DE MAZARELOS

      ÁS 23.30 h
      ESPECTÁCULO PIROTÉCNICO FIN DE FIESTA
      CIUDAD DE LA CULTURA

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