festa di San Giuseppe

/FEHS-tah dee sahn jyoo-SEHP-peh/

The feast day of Saint Joseph on 19th March each year. Perhaps because it falls in the middle of Lent it is associated with generous hospitality and is supposed to signify the loading of your table with one hundred dishes to offer family and friends. In this day and age, the need and the desire to do this is somewhat less. Nonetheless, there is still a tradition of serving special treats on this day, especially in the south, mainly Sicily. A number of dishes are particularly associated with this festival, including bignè di San Giuseppe, frittelle di San Giuseppe (alla toscana), sfinci di San Giuseppe and zeppole di San Giuseppe.