From a history-changing document nailed on a door to a vision of Mary, these major religious events will draw pilgrims of all Christian denominations in 2017 and beyond.
- 100th Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions
On May 13, 1917 in Fatima, Portugal, three children witnessed one of the most famous Marion sightings in the world. To celebrate, all year the shrine will celebrate the vision of the woman in white. In 2017, many tour operators will offer special itineraries surrounding the shrine so pilgrims can visit and reflect at Our Lady of Fatima themselves.
- 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany 500 years ago in 2017. This famous act set off the Protestant Reformation, changing Christianity forever. To honor this important event, numerous tour operators have journeys following the footsteps of Martin Luther and the Reformation in Germany.
- 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play
Once every decade a quiet town in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau draws crowds from around the world for a spectacular Passion Play. Performed by the town’s residents, the reenactment of Christ’s crucifixion remains a sought-after event that religious groups often plan years in advance. Tour operators are already selling tickets to this impressive event.