This year 2021 is the Xacobeo Holy Year or, as it is also known in Galicia, Año Xacobeo, Año Santo Compostelano, Año Jubilar, etc. A real joy for the pilgrims, who wish to visit the Tomb of St. James in such a special year. But, for the collective joy of all pilgrims, the year 2022 will also be a Holy Year, so the Xacobeo will last 2 years.
What is a Holy Year?
For a year to be declared a Holy Year, the exclusive competence of the Pope in office, there is an indispensable criterion to be fulfilled, namely, that the 25th of July, the day on which St. James was beheaded in 44 A.D., falls on a Sunday. St. James the Greater in the year 44 A.D., falls on a Sunday.