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Mar 17, 2007 01:50 PM

St. Joseph's Day - March 19

In New Orleans, Italian familes celebrated with St. Joseph's Altars in homes with tables laden with food. Always with the statue of St. Joseph holding the Child Jesus. Everyone had cooked for days. The parish priest came by to bless it and we all ate and drank to our hearts' content. There was a dispensation from the rules of fasting and abstinence of Lent (St. Joseph's Day always falls during Lent) so we could eat sweets and meat and have alcohol.

How is St. Joseph's Day celebrated in other Italian communities?

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  1. Zepolle ... zepolle ... zepolle

    Be sure to stop by your local Italian bakery for these, in many cases, once-a-year Italian donuts.

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      1. zeppoli filled with sweet custard are in all the italian bakeries here right now.

        1. For many in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, the feast day is about getting to a good Italian bakery and eating a zeppole or sfinge for San Giuseppe ...

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          1. re: Cheese Boy

            How funny, Cheese Boy, the first picture you link to was taken by my husband. Small (virtual) world. Here's the whole post on how we spent last St. Joseph's Day:

            We'll probably pick up a few zeppole again tomorrow, since that bakery is about 3 blocks from our house (in Chicago).

            1. re: Amata

              Chicago does the feast of Saint Joseph some justice, Amata.

              Those zeppoles look PERFECT. Your husband did well. Enjoy the feast day!

          2. We were at the parade in NOLA and it was a hoot! My daughters got several kisses and flowers from the Italian guys.