Every year, thousands of gypsies congregate at Saintes Maries de la Mer, paying homage to Saint Sara or Sara Kali. Although the tradition of the pilgrimage has roots in the Middle Ages, the participation of gypsies was authorized in the 20th century. In the days before the pilgrimage, devotees carry candles to illuminate the crypt that houses the statue of Saint Sara, located to the right of the altar. The central altar holds a reliquary, and on the wall is the cross of the Procession, where the faithful leave offerings such as jewelry and messages of devotion. The statue of Saint Sara is covered by numerous coats, and it is customary to show respect by kissing a foot or the hem of her dress.