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.
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