The King and Queen of Spain presided over the solemn opening ceremony of the Jacobean Year 2021-2022, in the Navarra town of Roncesvalles.
A Jacobean Year or Ano Xacobeo is a Jubilee or Holy Year. A year is considered a Holy Year when the 25th of July, the feast of Santiago Apóstol, falls on a Sunday. The number of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago increase significantly during Holy Years, particularly in July, as many pilgrims aim to arrive in Santiago de Compostela in time for Saint James Day celebrations.
The Camino de Santiago de Compostela (the Way of St. James), is a network of pilgrims' ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain.
Their Majesties arrived at the Hermitage of San Salvador, in Alto de Ibañeta, they walked the section of the Camino de Santiago to the urban complex of Orreaga - Roncesvalles, and to the Sancti Spiritus chapel, an old pilgrim cemetery. After a brief meeting with the members of the Government of Navarra and attending authorities the King and Queen went to the Priory House where they signed the Gold Book of Navarra. At the Collegiate Church of Santa María de Roncesvalles, they commemorated the Jacobean Year 2021-2022. Following the ceremony, Their Majesties went to the Chapel of San Agustín, where a floral offering was made in front of the tomb of the King of Navarre, Sancho VII el Fuerte.