Happy St. Joseph’s Day 2014

English: Struffoli made in the traditional way...

English: Struffoli made in the traditional way from Sorrento. Marble sized dough balls covered in honey, citrus peel and hundreds and thousands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

St Joseph with the Infant Jesus (c. 1635), at ...

St Joseph with the Infant Jesus (c. 1635), at the Hermitage, in St. Petersburg. Oil on canvas, 126 x 101 cm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Statue of Saint Joseph on the portal ...

English: Statue of Saint Joseph on the portal of the Nysa (Neisse) cathedral Polski: Rzeźba św. Józefa na portalu w katedrze w Nysie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

James Tissot - Saint Joseph, Brooklyn Museum

James Tissot – Saint Joseph, Brooklyn Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph (Photo credit: egonwegh)

English: The Statue of Saint Joseph near Basil...

English: The Statue of Saint Joseph near Basilica of Blessed Virgin Mary, Marija Bistrica, Croatia Hrvatski: Kip sv. Josipa kraj bazilike Blažene Djevice Marije u Mariji Bistrici (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saint Joseph by Guido Reni, c. 1640.

Saint Joseph by Guido Reni, c. 1640. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

zeppola

zeppola (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rome, Struffoli

Rome, Struffoli (Photo credit: melissa.delzio)

Saint Joseph’s Day is on March 19th. This is  the feast day of Saint Joseph who was the spouse of the Virgin Mary.

In Italy, Spain and Portugal, this  is also Father’s Day. In Sicily, St. Joseph’s Day is particularly significant because it is believed that he prevented a famine in the Middle Ages. During a severe drought, they prayed to their patron saint for rain. If their prayers were answered they promised a huge feast to honor him. When it finally rained, they prepared a banquet. To this day, many parishes celebrate his feast day with a banquet placed upon an altar with three tiers to represent the Trinity.

It is also believed that  planting a statue of St. Joseph upside down on your lot  will help you sell your house. It worked for me.

Saint Joseph - Montreal

Saint Joseph – Montreal (Photo credit: Mrdjan Nakic)

Italians wear red on this day and eat special pastries including:

Zeppole or Italian pastries filled with cream and usually covered with whipped cream, similar to a cream puff and Struffoli made of fried balls about the size of a marble mixed with honey.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com

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