To fully understand all the information regarding the Cathedral of Compostela (its history, evolution, rituals, and relationship with pilgrims), visit this page. To attend a tour of the main monuments in the historic centre of Compostela, see this guide. Celebrations
The Fiestas of the Apostle take place on the 25th of July and Compostela celebrates, throughout the whole day, the day of Santiago, patron of Galicia and, of Spain. During the festivities, which last approximately ten days, they host a number of official and religious acts and, diverse entertainment shows full of rhythm, music, dance and theatre in the Squares of the historic centre.
On the evening of the 24th of July, one of the most awaited moments takes place, the fireworks of the Apostle, a stunning pyrotechnic display that lights up the façade of the cathedral in Obradoiro Square. On the day of the 25th of July they celebrate a mass in the cathedral during which the famous botafumeiro (Incense burner) can be seen in action.
Also, the whole of Galicia celebrates this day with a variety of festive and political acts throughout Santiago. In addition to the Apostle, Santiago also has other important fiestas, in particular those of the Ascension. The date of this celebration varies as it coincides with the sixth Thursday after Easter. It is tradition to eat octopus in the carballeira (Oak forest) of Santa Susana, situated in the Alameda.
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