St. Joseph's Day: A Sampling of Foodways

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The St. Joseph's Day Table is a primarily Italian American tradition that honors the saint on his feast day, March 19. It recalls the answer to prayers for rain from drought-stricken faithful in Sicily in the Middle Ages, and their subsequent offering of a meal for travelers, strangers, the poor and the entire community in thanksgiving. This slideshow gives a sampling of the food traditions associated with the holiday, their symbolism and current practice in western New York.

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