The Pilgrimage of Nosa Señora da Barca is one of the most popular in Galicia. As is common at many pilgrimage celebrations, it is a combination of religious sentiment, pagan rituals, an outdoor meal and a festival. Beginning on Saturday, the path leading to the shrine is occupied by a continuous procession of people – many come on foot from their town or village – and the festival stands are erected. The pilgrims enjoy an outdoor meal accompanied by the music of Galician bagpipes and tambourines. In town, the celebrations continue late into the night. On Sunday morning, the faithful attend the outdoor mass held outside the shrine, followed by a procession back into Muxía, where the blessing of the waters ceremony takes place, with a deafening display of fireworks and rockets.

Highlight: People complete the traditional rituals at A Pedra dos Cadrís and A Pedra de Abalar, which are believed to have healing powers.'> The Pilgrimage of Nosa Señora da Barca is one of the most popular in Galicia. As is common at many pilgrimage celebrations, it is a combination of religious sentiment, pagan rituals, an outdoor meal and a festival. Beginning on Saturday, the path leading to the shrine is occupied by a continuous procession of people – many come on foot from their town or village – and the festival stands are erected. The pilgrims enjoy an outdoor meal accompanied by the music of Galician bagpipes and tambourines. In town, the celebrations continue late into the night. On Sunday morning, the faithful attend the outdoor mass held outside the shrine, followed by a procession back into Muxía, where the blessing of the waters ceremony takes place, with a deafening display of fireworks and rockets.

Highlight: People complete the traditional rituals at A Pedra dos Cadrís and A Pedra de Abalar, which are believed to have healing powers.' /> The Pilgrimage of Nosa Señora da Barca is one of the most popular in Galicia. As is common at many pilgrimage celebrations, it is a combination of religious sentiment, pagan rituals, an outdoor meal and a festival. Beginning on Saturday, the path leading to the shrine is occupied by a continuous procession of people – many come on foot from their town or village – and the festival stands are erected. The pilgrims enjoy an outdoor meal accompanied by the music of Galician bagpipes and tambourines. In town, the celebrations continue late into the night. On Sunday morning, the faithful attend the outdoor mass held outside the shrine, followed by a procession back into Muxía, where the blessing of the waters ceremony takes place, with a deafening display of fireworks and rockets.

Highlight: People complete the traditional rituals at A Pedra dos Cadrís and A Pedra de Abalar, which are believed to have healing powers.' /> FESTIVALS OF NATIONAL TOURIST INTEREST ROMARÍA DA NOSA SEÑORA DA BARCA IN MUXÍA A CORUÑA - GALICIA

ROMARÍA DA NOSA SEÑORA DA BARCA

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On the Way of St. James
Dates of celebration: 07/09 - 10/09

Description

Virxe de Nosa Señora da Barca Shrine is one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in Galicia. Legend has it that the Virgin came to this land to support St. James the Apostle in his evangelical labours. She arrived in a stone boat, whose vestiges can be found among the large granite rocks washed by the sea beside the shrine. One of them, A Pedra dos Cadrís, symbolizes the boat. Pilgrims pass under it nine times in an ancient ritual to cure rheumatic ailments. Another, A Pedra de Abalar, symbolizes the sail. With a little patience, it is possible to rock the granite stone with your feet, although according to legend, it can only be moved by those who are free of sin. A third, A Pedra do Temón, symbolizes the boat's tiller. All of them are believed to have healing powers.<br />
The Pilgrimage of Nosa Señora da Barca is one of the most popular in Galicia. As is common at many pilgrimage celebrations, it is a combination of religious sentiment, pagan rituals, an outdoor meal and a festival. Beginning on Saturday, the path leading to the shrine is occupied by a continuous procession of people – many come on foot from their town or village – and the festival stands are erected. The pilgrims enjoy an outdoor meal accompanied by the music of Galician bagpipes and tambourines. In town, the celebrations continue late into the night. On Sunday morning, the faithful attend the outdoor mass held outside the shrine, followed by a procession back into Muxía, where the blessing of the waters ceremony takes place, with a deafening display of fireworks and rockets.<br /><br />
<strong>Highlight: </strong>People complete the traditional rituals at A Pedra dos Cadrís and A Pedra de Abalar, which are believed to have healing powers.

The Ways of St. James

The Fistera-Muxía Camino

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