See the Botafumeiro in action in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

See the Botafumeiro in action in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral image

The Botafumeiro is the famous swinging of the thurible found in the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. As you see in the video, it is a metal censor suspended from chains, in which incense is burned during the worship service. Eight men are required, also known as tiraboleiros to operate the Botafumeiro.

After the long journey of the St James Way (Camino de Santiago), the pilgrims will make their final destination of walking the Camino to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. The Botafumeiro is originally used to purify the air in the main nave of the Cathedral which is full of Pilgrims.  

If you would like to experience the Botafumeiro in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, it is swung every Fridays at 7:30pm, and on certain solemn occasions (25 July, religious holidays (see below) or when specially requested by a group.

When the botafumeiro is in operation the celebration becomes very crowded, so it's a good idea to arrive early if you want a good view.  

Set dates

January 6: Epiphany

Easter Sunday: in 2015, April 5

Ascension of Our Lord: in 2015, May 14

May 23: Anniversary of the Battle of Clavijo

Pentecost (50 days after Easter): in 2015, May 24

July 25: Feast of St. James

August 15: Assumption

November 1: All Saints' Day

Feast of Christ the King (Sunday before the first Sunday of Advent): in 2015, November 22

December 8: Immaculate Conception

December 25: Christmas

December 30: Arrival of the Holy Apostle  

 

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