Today, March 19, is Saint Joseph’s Day! Many people will celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph by attending church services and perhaps enjoying a famous Italian zeppole from one of the North End pastry shops.

Saint Joseph Procession through the streets of the North End last July.

St. Joseph is honored for saving Sicily from famine in the Middle Ages. According to legend, there was a severe drought at the time, and the people prayed for their patron saint to bring them rain. The rain did come, and the people of Sicily prepared a large banquet for St. Joseph. The fava bean was the crop that saved the population from starvation and is a traditional part of Saint Joseph’s Day altars and traditions.

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Many still prepare a traditional St. Joseph’s Table to recreate this Sicilian feast with specialties such as sfinge, zeppole, breads and fava beans.

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  1. Happy Saint Joseph’s Day, of course I just got my zeppoles from Maria’s !!! VIVA SAN GIUSEPPE DI RIESI

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