Sfince Di San Giuseppe

For Saint Joseph’s Day, you’ll often hear people seeking zeppole. Zeppole are delicious and Napolitano (from Naples, Italy). So it is a different recipe than what Sicilians eat. Sfince, which are cream puffs slathered with cannoli cream and dressed with candied orange, candied cherry, and chocolate chips and/or pistachio dust, are Sicilian. So, when looking…

Giving Thanks To The Father

Thank you to those who joined me last evening for our online Experience Sicily Saint Joseph’s Day celebration! Viva San Giuseppe! Happy Saint Joseph’s Day! Buona festa del papà! Pictured is my altar for this powerful patron of fathers, carpenters, the home, and those who toil for their work. The three tiers represent Jesus, Mary,…

The Staff, Wreath, And Palm: Ritual Bread For Saint Joseph’s Day

Join me to recognize St. Joseph’s Day on Thursday, March 18 at 8PM Eastern. Register at https://experiencesicily.com/st-josephs-day-online/ You’ll learn more about the feast. Such as, on traditional St. Joseph’s Day altars or le tavolate di San Giuseppe, you will see these three types of loaves pictured. On the left is the staff (vastuni), which represents…

Ritual Bread For Saint Joseph

Food historians believe grains were introduced to Sicily in approximately 1000 BCE by the Phoenicians. By 150 BCE, during the Roman era, grain became the base of island’s cuisine. By 1000 CE, during the Arab era, the majority of Sicily’s landscape was dedicated to grain agriculture, and that remains true today. Once you learn the…

An Altar For Saint Joseph

Altars for San Giuseppe or Saint Joseph may be seen throughout Sicily. The patron saint of fathers, carpenters, and those who toil for their work, he is extremely important to Sicilians. Friday, March 19 is St. Joseph’s Day. Next Thursday, March 18 at 8PM Eastern and Friday, March 19 at 5PM Eastern, I will offer…

Saint Joseph In Palermo

Viva San Giuseppe! Pictured is St. Joseph with a young Jesus in the Chiesa di San Giuseppe dei Teatini in Palermo, where there is a series of art dedicated to this very important saint. Today is St. Joseph’s Day, March 19. Also, it is fittingly Father’s Day in Italy. Joseph was the surrogato father of…