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What are some traditions of St. Joseph's Day?

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Celebrants of St. Joseph's Day, occurring each year on March 19th, typically hold large feasts in honor of Joseph for purportedly preventing a famine in Italy during the Middle Ages. It is also common for people to dress in red clothing to celebrate the day.

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The celebration of St. Joseph's Day is popular among Italian-Americans, and specifically Sicilians, who regard Joseph as their patron saint. Because the celebration typically occurs during Lent, meat is never served as a part of a St. Joseph's Day feast. Rather, fava beans and food containing breadcrumbs are staples. The fava beans are integral to the celebration because historically during a drought when all other crops failed, the fava bean would still thrive. The breadcrumbs represent saw dust in honor of Joseph's work as a carpenter.

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