Celebrations marking the arrival of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower go without ceremony

Like nearly every holiday or commemorative event in 2020, celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the historic Mayflower voyage were canceled or postponed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The nation this month was set to mark the anniversary of arguably one of the most important dates in American history, the day the first … Read more Celebrations marking the arrival of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower go without ceremony

Umrah pilgrims finally return to Mecca as Saudis lift coronavirus shutdown

Worshippers have returned to Mecca after Saudi authorities partially resumed the year-round umrah pilgrimage after seven-month coronavirus hiatus.  Millions of Muslims from around the world usually descend on Saudi Arabia for the umrah and haj Islamic pilgrimages. The two share common rites, but the haj, held once a year, is the main lengthier ritual that is … Read more Umrah pilgrims finally return to Mecca as Saudis lift coronavirus shutdown

Die-hard Jewish pilgrims refuse to leave Ukraine’s border with Belarus

Die-hard Jewish pilgrims have refused to leave Ukraine‘s border with Belarus after more than 1,000 give up hope and turn back due to coronavirus restrictions.   Orthodox-Jewish believers, including hundreds of children, have camped out throughout the week in no-man’s land at the border crossing ahead of Jewish New Year celebrations this weekend. Tens of thousands … Read more Die-hard Jewish pilgrims refuse to leave Ukraine’s border with Belarus

Muslim pilgrims observe social distancing rules on the final day of the hajj pilgrimage

Muslim pilgrims circled Islam’s holiest site along socially distanced paths Sunday in the final ritual of the hajj, the smallest in modern history as Saudi authorities sought to prevent a coronavirus outbreak. Only up to 10,000 Muslims took part in the hajj, a far cry from the 2.5 million who took part in the five-day … Read more Muslim pilgrims observe social distancing rules on the final day of the hajj pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia sets 1,000-person limit on Hajj pilgrims – down from 2.5million in a normal year

Saudi Arabia sets 1,000-person limit on Hajj pilgrims – down from 2.5million in a normal year – and bans foreigners from Mecca as country battles coronavirus The Hajj pilgrimage is the largest gathering of Muslims in the world   It lasts for five or six days as pilgrims travel to the ‘House of Allah’ in Mecca … Read more Saudi Arabia sets 1,000-person limit on Hajj pilgrims – down from 2.5million in a normal year

Following in the footsteps of St Francis and joining pilgrims on a trek to Rome

Those in search of a walking holiday, or seeking a pilgrimage abroad, should look no further than The Way of St Francis – Italy’s answer to Spain’s famous but often crowded spiritual path, Camino de Santiago. The full length of this 340-mile trek, called Via Francigena di San Francesco in Italian, stretches from Florence to … Read more Following in the footsteps of St Francis and joining pilgrims on a trek to Rome