Pilgrims On The Road – From Budapest To Csíksomlyó By Foot
Robert Velkey 2016.04.07.
On the 5th of April, a pilgrimage organized by the Mary’s Pilgrimage Route Association started from Budapest. The pilgrims started the walk to reach the Csíksomlyó Pilgrimage, Transylvania (Sumuleu Ciuc, Romania) at Pentecost on the 16th of May. Over the 40-day-long pilgrimage, the walkers are going to take a journey of about 1400 kilometers on foot. The pilgrims started from the Normafa of Budapest, yesterday.
The spiritual marchers are going to walk on the pilgrimage road called Mary’s Pilgrimage Route. It is Central Europe’s pilgrimage route from Mariazell (Austria) to Csíksomlyó (Romania). The Route connects the shrines of the Mother of Jesus Christ. “The pilgrimage gives a very special experience for the people”,Tamás Szabó the president of the Mary’s Pilgrimage Route Association, said. “It is abouttearing out; our life is often monotonous, people need to tear out, get in touch with new people and form a community”, said the president.
The Csíksomlyó Pilgrimage exists since 1576, has been started by the Székelys (Szeklers) in Transylvania. Since 1990, for today it is the largest Christian pilgrimage of the Hungarian nation. Annually at Pentecost, thousands of Christian Hungarians come together to pray from all over the world. The Fiesta takes place in the Shrine Church to Mary of Csíksomlyó and between the Somlyó Hills.