Ed­u­ca­tion: pil­grim­ages

We look at some of the spir­i­tual jour­neys that bring thou­sands of pil­grims to­gether at holy sites

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APILGRIMAGE is a spe­cial jour­ney to a site of re­li­gious sig­nif­i­cance. By tak­ing such a jour­ney, pil­grims re­move them­selves from their daily lives to de­vote them­selves to their re­li­gion.

For many peo­ple of faith a pil­grim­age is a way of deal­ing with a cross­roads in their life. Oth­ers seek guid­ance, heal­ing or forgiveness, or sim­ply want to deepen their spir­i­tual life. It could also be a re­quire­ment of their re­li­gion.

Whether they tackle the Camino de Santiago (Way of St James) in Spain, visit the Holy Land lo­cated be­tween the Jor­dan River and the Mediter­ranean Sea, or go on the Hajj to Mecca, Saudi Ara­bia, pil­grims usu­ally re­turn from these jour­neys feel­ing strength­ened in their faith.

We take a look at three of the best-known pil­grim­ages.

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