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Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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St. Joseph's Day

In Valencia, Spain, the feast of the foster-father of Jesus is a week-long festival called Fallas de San Jose (Bonfires of St. Joseph). On St. Joseph's Eve, March 18, fallas (huge floats of intricate scenes made of wood and papier-mâché, satirizing everything from the high cost of living to political personalities) parade through the streets. At midnight on March 19, the celebration ends with the spectacular ceremony known as the crema, when all the fallas are set on fire. The festival is said to reflect the happy and satirical nature of the Valencians. More...
Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:20:48 AM

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This sounds like a fun festival.
Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:59:22 AM

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It must be nice to be a child in Europe enjoying all these medieval festivals. Here in America the Italians in the spirit of their cultural ties, criss-cross the streets with twinkling lights in towns like Boston and Chicago and bring out the effigies and the statue of the mother of God to celebrate the seasons, but I am sure it is not the same. We immigrants to America lose more than our native languages, we loss our connection to our past. Read Kafka’s Amerika to get that feeling of transience and movement that arriving in America conveys.
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Seems like a fun time.
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all throught n. spain the festival are excellent
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10 Facts, History And Traditions For San Giuseppe

1. St. Joseph’s Day is widely celebrated by Catholics in the Italian community.

2. St. Joseph is the patron saint of Sicily.

3. The altar, also known as “St. Joseph’s Table” or “la tavola di San Giuseppe,” is an important part of the ceremony. People decorate it with flowers, candles, wine and some “lucky” foods.

4. Fava beans are supposedly “lucky” since they survived during a draught in Italy during the Middle Ages when nothing else did. St. Joseph, through God, saved worshipers from the draught, some believe.

5. Lemons are also thought to be good luck on this day. A side fact: If a woman looking to get married steals a lemon from the altar, it will help her find a husband.

6. Breadcrumbs are usually incorporated into dishes. They represent sawdust, which commemorates Joseph’s job as a carpenter. They could also represent the dry earth during the draught.

7. Meat is usually left off the altar since St. Joseph’s Day takes place during lent. Instead, believers feast on fish and other seafood.

8. St Joseph’s Day is arguably best known for its pastries, with sfinge (cream puffs) and zeppole (doughnuts) being the most popular.

9. While Irish Americans wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s tradition to wear red on St. Joseph’s Day.

10. St. Joseph’s Day is largely celebrated in New Orleans, which was a popular port among Sicilian immigrants in the 19th century. The French Quarter has even garnered the nickname “Little Palermo.”
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