What is a jacquaire year?
A year of jacquaire (or compostellane, or jubilee), is a year in which the feast of Saint James (July 25) falls on a Sunday.
It was not until 1428 that we find traces of the historically attested first Holy Year of Compostela. The event recurs every 6, 5, 6 and 11 years (14 times per century). The tradition was relaunched in 1965. The last jubilees of 1993, 1999, 2004, and 2010 saw the use of paths “explode”. The next Jacobean years will be in 2027, 2032, 2038, 2049, 2055 …
During the Jacobean years, thousands of pilgrims left from all over the world to reach the tomb of the apostle Saint James and “purify” their souls.
The roads of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle are at this time put in the spotlight with various events given in high places of the heritage.
These events can be religious or secular, and evoke the Middle Ages, Romanesque art, such as pilgrimage.
(Sources: Agency of the ways of Compostelle and Vive el Camino)