St. James’ Day (The Feast of St. James the Elder) has been celebrated on July 25 since at least the ninth century, and there are many traditions associated with the celebration. The symbol of St. James is the cockleshell, and the eating of shellfish is associated with the feast in many places. The French dish Coquilles St. Jacques is the best known of these dishes, but in England, oysters are the traditional dish of the day, and an English saying holds that “He who eats oysters on St. James’ Day will never want.”

St. James

St. James the Elder