Probably the most distinct ritual of Saint Joseph’s Day revolves around the celebration of bread, which in Sicily and southern Italy is sacred because wheat is the most important crop of the region.
The preparation of altars, or tables, known as le tavolate di San Giuseppe (or a Tavulatu di San Giuseppe in Sicilian), are the most remarkable tribute to the Saint Joseph. The altars, which are made for homes and also public meeting places, are made as an act of prayer. They represent thanksgiving for the mercy and generosity the Saint has granted to their families and friends, and they are a grand display of local specialties and sweets augmented with citrus fruits, vegetables, wine, candles, pictures of the Saint and deceased loved ones, and plant elements such as nuts, seeds, beans, flowers, and laurel leaves.
Celebrate Saint Joseph’s Day in New York City with Experience Sicily, Gelsomino Imports, and Eolo Seasonal Sicilian Kitchen on Sunday, March 20 at 3PM. More details at http://eolonewyork.com/st-josephs-day-feast-2016/. Call 646-225-6606 to reserve your spot.