Thursday, March 19, 2009

Happy St. Joseph's Day!

in italy and other european countries, st. joseph's day is a huge celebration (it seems they go all out in new orleans, as well).  in sicily it is even an actual holiday.  i remember when i was in college, the arbery family would have a big party every march 19th and i always loved this tradition.  thus, i decided i wanted to try and do something today.  i started looking into it a little last minute, so this year it is only going to be as simple as making cream puffs for dessert, but i figure it can be a growing tradition.  here are a few websites i found that explain about the celebrations in different countries and the different recipes attributed to this holiday.  they are here, here and here.  if anyone else has any fun traditions to share, i would love to hear them...  also, st. joseph is the patron saint of workers and those in need and he is often prayed to for help with the unemployed.  in our current economic state, maybe everyone should be throwing a few extra prayers his way...

2 comments:

Sara said...

oh my gosh... so funny, I made the cream puffs too (the zeppole)! I found that same website (your 3rd link) and we had them for dessert! I swear I didn't even check your blog until this morning... great moms think alike, I guess!

Lucia said...

Another tradition is lilies -- st. jospeh's flower is white lilies. You'll notice he is always pictured holding one. so now you have an excuse to get yourself flowers on March 19. i always pull that one. In my family we have always prayed to him for help in all things home related because he is the patron of carpenters as well -- the water heater breaks, etc. or when you just need help making a decision about a home. Good ol'san guiseppe has pulled through on countless occasions.