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Tomorrow is the Big Day!

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Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
I know and enjoy how easy it is to forget time and date on the Camino but...tomorrow is the big day. It is hard to celebrate the Feast Day of Saint James in Jerusalem. The Armenian Cathedral of Saint James with that all-important relic, his head, celebrated the day by the calendar of the Eastern Church - April 30. There is no confraternity over here, no Jewish pilgrims organization or Camino office, only small bands of very enthusiastic pilgrims who don't usually remember the day. I usually celebrate en la familia and cook up something from the Camino, tortilla española (prepared in YES olive oil since that is the way such things were always produced in Spain, in the Muslim lands, and here in Israel until modernity crept in and ruined the party!), and/or patatas bravas, and/or garlic soup, and/or almost padrón peppers, a bottle of Albariño and pull out one of my photo albums (revealing my age there). Great Fun!
Tomorrow though, I will be in Tel Aviv with the grandbabies and there is very much good seafood there, things we can't get here in Jerusalem (kosher rules!) things like say shrimp, tiger prawns, and to my question...is it considered bad form to eat coquille Saint Jacques on his feast day?
Celebrate however you can where ever you are and enjoy the day!
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Lydia Gillen

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Camino Portugues 2017,2018,2019
Scruffy, I hope you have had a wonderful St. James Day. Over the years I have really enjoyed your posts on the forum.

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