An important event that is coming up in our sister city Navarre, Spain is the Javierada or the walking pilgrimage to Javier. Taking place in early March, it attracts many； from individual pilgrims, Boys Scouts, to labor unions. Thousands of people make the pilgrimage from Pamplona to Javier over 50 kilometers. The annual pilgrimage originated in 1886 when the cholera epidemic was destroying Navarre. This frightened the people who then agreed to carry out a massive pilgrimage to the birthplace of their Saint Xavier. In gratitude for stopping the epidemic, the people of Navarre made a promise to make a pilgrimage to Javier every year.
The final destination； or the Castle of Javier can be dated back to the 10th century. The castle used to be a signal tower, or torre del Homenaje, and served as a fortress because of its location (by the borders of the kingdoms in Navarre and Aragon). Other sections of the castle were added later. It was partially destroyed in 1516 due to uprisings but was restored in the 1950’s.