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The 451th Csíksomlyó Pilgrimage in Pictures

By Fanni Kaszás // 2018.05.22.

Each year during Pentecosttens of thousands of pilgrims flood the center of the Csík-basin – and the roads that lead to Csíkszereda and Csíksomlyó within it – who come in the most diverse ways to the district’s Franciscan church to honor the miraculous Virgin Mary statue: by car, by bus, by train, and last but not least, they come by wagon and foot to gather at the Somlyó mountain. Travelers can experience a unique meeting of religious tourism and pilgrimage in the Csík Basin to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Check out our photo gallery of this year’s pilgrimage below:

Pilgrims on their way to Csíksomlyó. (photo: Balázs Mohai / MTI)

Pilgrims on their way to Csíksomlyó. (photo: Balázs Mohai / MTI)

Pilgrims on their way to Csíksomlyó. (photo: Balázs Mohai / MTI)

Pilgrims on their way to Csíksomlyó. (photo: Balázs Mohai / MTI)

Pilgrims carry the labarum from the church of Csíksomlyó to the Pentecost mass. (photo: Nándor Veres / MTI)

Pentecost Sunday celebratory Mass in the ‘saddle’ between the small and large Somlyó mountains. (photo: Balázs Mohai / MTI)

Pentecost Sunday celebratory Mass in the ‘saddle’ between the small and large Somlyó mountains. (photo: Balázs Mohai / MTI)

President János Áder (r2) and his wife, Anita Herczegh (m) at the Pentecost mass, held in the saddle of the small and large Somlyó mountains.

Marian Adam Waligóra from the Pauline Fathers Jasna Góra, Czestochowa delivers the Pentecost mass in Csíksomlyó. (photo: Nándor Veres / MTI)

Csángó Hungarians in the ‘saddle’ between the small and large Somlyó mountains. (photo: Balázs Mohai / MTI)

Ethnic Csángó man sings at the Csíksomlyó Pentecost mass. (photo: Balázs Mohai / MTI)