1,500 Pilgrims from Akwa Ibom are performing this year’s pilgrimage. Contingents from the state will depart Uyo today from Ibom International Airport to the Holy Land in Israel. President
Goodluck Jonathan and 19 State Governors will also undertake this year’s pilgrimage to Israel. This is the first time a serving President is going on a Christian Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith, although sometimes it can be a metaphorical journey into someone’s own beliefs.
Many religions attach spiritual importance to particular places: the place of birth or death of founders or saints, or to the place of their “calling” or spiritual awakening, or of their connection (visual or verbal) with the divine, to locations where miracles were performed or witnessed, or locations where a deity is said to live or be “housed,” or any site that is seen to have special spiritual powers.
The Holy Land in Israel acts as a focal point for the pilgrimages of the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.