JULY 25 - SAINT JAMES DAY
On the death of King Alfonso, the Moors (That era's ISIS and Al Queda) demanded the reinstation of the Tribute of 100 Virgins (fifty noble and fifty common), which Alfonso had defied. The new king, Ramiro, denied them the tribute and prepared for battle.
On the night before the Battle of Clavijo he dreamt of St. James, who told him that God had chosen James as the patron for the Spanish kingdoms.
According to the legend, during the battle Saint James appeared as a warrior on his white horse with a white banner to help Christian armies of king Ramiro I of Asturias in battle against the Moors. The Christians marched on the cry of "¡Dios ayuda a Santiago!" (God save St. James!).
They slew more than 5,000 Moors, and James became known as "Matamoros".
On July 25th, we celebrate the feast day of Santiago Matamoros, or St. James Moorslayer.
The faithful are admonished to train with weapons and educate themselves on the habits of their adversaries.