|Seen in San Antonio, New Mexico on Maundy Thursday|
I first learned about pilgrimages when I took my undergraduate class on Chaucer at Dominican College for Women, where the nuns were still dressed in very medieval-looking habits. In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, his people were going on pilgrimages in April, too.
Whan that Aprile with his shoures soote
The droughte of March hath perced to the roote
And bathed every veyne en swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour...
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages.