On July 25 it falls again on Sunday 11 years later. Thus, Galicia will celebrate its great day in this Saint Year 2021, extended to 2022 by papal concession due to the pandemic of Coronavirus, with events like the traditional offering to the apostle, which for the second consecutive year will be done personally by King Felipe VI, accompanied of Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia.
But on July 25, 2021, it will also be characterized by gathering the Royal Board of Santiago 18 years after the last call. It will be a meeting to attend, apart from the monarch, the president of the government, Pedro Sánchez; that of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo; and Mayor Compostelano, Xosé Sánchez Bugallo, who will be the only repeater on this appointment.
In addition, the day will be completed with the delivery of Galicia medals to staff that integrates the vaccination device against COVID-19. The head of the State will attend and it is also planned to see Sánchez.
The ceremony will be held again on the Galician Community's large day eight years later, since in 2014 it was decided to advance the date to the 24th to decorate the victims and volunteers of the Railway accident of Angrois just when one year of the loss was met.
Beyond the cultural and social activities happened throughout the week in the Galician capital, including the Night Fireproof Impigients, they will be launched from five different points of the city for the second consecutive year - the offer to the apostle will be The first solemn celebration that will begin the commemoration of July 25.
It will be chaired by Felipe VI at a ceremony that will return to the cathedral after a two-year lapsus, since in 2019 and in 2020 it had to be transferred to the Church of San Martiño Pinario for the restoration works inside the Basilica.
The civil act of reception to the members of the Royal House will be at the Praza do Obradoir at 12.00 noon. The King will review the troops and, at that moment, it is planned - if the meteorology allows it - that seven aircraft hunting the Eagle patrol surround the sky drawing the colors of the Spanish flag.
Then, the monarch will access the cathedral with the entire entourage through the gantry of glory. The Mass, officiated by the Archbishop Compostelano, Julián neighborhood, will begin over 12.30.
It will be the third time that the current monarch is responsible for preside over the offering. He already assumed this role in 2020 and in 2014, shortly after the coronation of him and when one year of the Railway accident of Angrois, which had motivated the suspension of the 2013 ceremony.
In the previous Xacobeo, in 2010, he was his father, the now King Emeritus, Juan Carlos I, who was in charge of this work, something he did all the holy years since his coronation -1976, 1982, 1993, 1999 and 2004- .
Outside the Holy Year - and 2014 and 2020, when Felipe VI wanted to exercise this work -, in each offering, the Royal House appoints a regional delegate among the political personalities of the Community, which plays the role of bidding.
Infanta Cristina, for its part, made the offering in 2002 and the then president of Parliament, José María García Leira, was commissioned in 2003. In 2007 it was his successor in the Autonomous Chamber Dolores Villarino, and one year earlier, in 2006, another autonomous president, Emilio Pérez Touriño.
The current president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has served as a regio delegate in the years 2009, 2015, and 2017. It had also been designated for the 2013 offering, which did not come to be held by the Angrois accident.
Two Presidents of Parliament - Pile Red and Miguel Santalices - were appointed the years 2011, in the case of the first, and 2016 and 2018, while in 2012 the then popular regidor of the city, Ángel Cuts. In 2019 he repeated this function Xosé Sánchez Bugallo, after returning to the mayor eight years later.
The National Offering to the Apostle Santiago was instituted in 1643 by Felipe IV and, over the years, the tradition has been maintained that kings, heads of state or personalities with the highest responsibilities are tribute to the employer of the Spaniards to ask for Your intercession on current issues or collective concern.
The second solemn act that the capital will live on Galicia's Day will be the meeting of the Royal Board of Santiago at 5:00 pm in the afternoon, with the hostel two reis Catholics as a scenario. This appointment had been celebrated by 18 years, since 2013.
Apart from the head of State, Sánchez, Feijóo and Bugallo, will attend the First Vice President of the Government, Nadia Calviño, and the Ministers of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, and Professional Education and Training, Pilar Alegría.
In this meeting, the administrations present will address a plan of actions for the city 2021-2032. The Mayor Compostelano, although it has avoided entering concretions on the matters that this meeting will address so as not to "complicate things", it is expected to serve to give "an impulse" to Santiago "of the 21st century".
For its part, the Consellery of Culture, Education and University, Roman Rodríguez, is confident that the Royal Board achieves "a commitment" by the central government with the celebration of Xacobeo 2021-2022.
The final brooch of the institutional activities of July 25 will be given the delivery of the Medals of Galicia 2021 to the health personnel that integrates the vaccination device against the COVID-19.
Although at first the president of the Xunta had ratified that it would be 24, on Tuesday, the autonomous administration advanced that it will recover the traditional date of July 25 for the delivery of which is the highest distinction of Galicia.
Another news will be the presence of both King Felipe VI and the president of the Government in an act that will be developed from 18.30 at the Centro Gaiás de la Cidade Museum gives culture. It will be the second year in which the ceremony is marked by the pandemic, since in 2020 this distinction received it the health workers who fought on the first line against the Covid-19.
In 2019, the Medals of Galicia fell in the expresses of Asturias and Castilla y León, Javier Fernández and Juan Vicente Herrera, respectively, who picked up the distinctive a few weeks after leaving the position.Updated Date: 25 July 2021, 06:00