Making the decision to become a pilgrim is undoubtedly one of the best experiences you can have. From choosing the route to take, preparing the suitcase and starting the trip, everything It is an adventure that will remain in our memories. forever. The organizing companies of the Camino de Santiago As Viajes Mundiplus we make it easier for you to undertake this ancient pilgrimage route.

It involves many emotions coming together, both in the planning and the development of the path itself. Nevertheless, spirituality and hope are those that are imposed for the most believers. In fact, there are many rituals on the Camino de Santiago that help make the pilgrim’s connection with the experience even more emotional.

The main rituals of the Camino de Santiago

In case you didn’t know, there are different rituals on the Camino de Santiago that you should keep in mind and make the most of it to your tour. We almost dare to say that not doing them detracts from the magic of an unforgettable experience.

leave stones on the road

We do not know for sure since when he was born, but this is one of the most well-known rituals or customs of the Camino Santiago. Is about leave small stones along the path, including resting places. These will serve as guide the other pilgrims that they are on the right path. This practice is widespread in the mythical Camino de Santiago from Sarria (last 100 kilometers of the French Way)

But that is not all. There is also another reason, much more spiritual. Leaving stones on the road also symbolically represents that both the pains and mistakes of the past are being left behind. So, when we arrive at the Cathedral of Santiago, we will have a much cleaner and more purified soul.

Although it is widely known, this ritual has some variations. Some choose to make small crosses by hand with branches that they pick up along the way and that they will later place along the way. The reason is none other than pay homage or tribute to those loved ones who are no longer on this plane.

Others choose to leave a garment or some belonging as a sign of their commitment to Get rid of loads on the Camino de Santiago. For this reason it is common to see different improvised altars where pilgrims leave their things.

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Going to the pilgrim’s mass is one of the most important rituals on the Camino de Santiago

Of course, the goal will always be to reach the Cathedral of Santiago. Once there, the next of the traditions is to participate in the Pilgrim’s Mass.

This Eucharistic celebration takes place every day at 7.30:9.30 a.m., 12:19.30 a.m., XNUMX noon and XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.. The priests invite all the pilgrims present to participate in it, both in the readings and in different activities that they carry out, where they name their country or city of origin.

It can be seen fly el boot on certain dates of the year. This is a huge censer whose origin dates back to the Middle Ages and that it has been used as a symbol of purification of the population. As an important fact, to move it requires the strength of eight men.

Bordon and gourd of the pilgrim

Play the staff and embrace the Apostle

The staff is one of the main elements or accessories of all pilgrims during their journey. In the cathedral is the one used by the Apostle Santiago during his own journey.

You should know that it is not exactly in plain sight. On the contrary, it is semi-hidden in one of the transept columns. It rests inside an elongated reliquary that is made of bronze. and which is crowned with a small stature of the Apostle.

One of the customs of the Camino de Santiago inside the Cathedral is precisely to play the staff, as a sign of devotion.

On the other hand, also inside the enclosure, after meditating before the image of the Apostle, the pilgrims They accessed the dressing room by stairs to visit him and hug him.

This ritual is a little more recent, since until the end of the XNUMXth century the crypt was kept with restricted access to the public.

finisterre lighthouse

Bathe in the waters of Finisterre

You may think that the pilgrim’s route ends with the arrival at the Cathedral. However, you can extend the experience Some walkers decide to continue their way to Cape Finisterre, a place that was long considered as the end of the earth

Those who came here in the past chose to burn some or all of their clothing or leave the boots that accompanied them during the pilgrimage. The symbology is leave behind the old life and start a new one. This tradition today is prohibited, under penalty of a fine.

This ritual is performed on the Langosteira beach and there are some who seal it with a dip in the cold waters of Finisterre. It is necessary to emphasize that the latter is only for the brave, since the temperatures can be so low that some have even experienced hypothermia.

The purpose of this cold bath is none other than purify body and spirit before returning home, after this wonderful experience. An experience that undoubtedly marks a before and after for anyone.