Ever since I can remember, my extended family has always celebrated St. Joseph's day in March every year. When I was little, my family would rent out a dining hall area with an extremely large kitchen. In the more recent years since the passing of some of my older relatives, we now just get together with a group of roughly 50 people at my uncle Joe's house.
During this Sicilian holiday, we remember St. Joseph, the carpenter with a lavish feast. We always started every St. Joseph's Day dinner with lighting candles and by toasting. During the toast a prayer was said and at the end of the prayer, the phrase "Viva San Giuseppe" meaning "Happy St. Joseph's Day!" in Italian. We always have the following foods:
- Pasta, thick spaghetti with 2 different types of sauces- regular tomato sauce and tomato sauce with sardines. (I wish the sardines weren't present)
- Hard Boiled eggs
- plenty of bread to share
- Bread crumbs to represent St. Joseph's saw dust of being a carpenter
- Cheese, lots and lots of cheese
- Breaded cauliflower
- pastrami, salami, and other various meats
- sauteed onions and peppers
- Fried fish
- Egg omelets
- Different grilled vegetablesFor dessert (my favorite part)
- Double chocolate ricotta cake
- sfogliatelle pastries
- and other desserts topped with honeyThis huge feast takes hours to eat but it is definitely worth it. Theres also never a dull moment in my family during this dinner especially when the adults get a little tipsy on the Italian home made wine. All in all, I love this holiday because it brings people together by food and its always the time of the year when I get to see all of my extended family and just enjoy laughs with them. Honestly, there never goes a year when I don't look forward to this holiday!