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2012 March 19

The Irish have St. Patrick’s Day. I think we all know the drill there. But Italians celebrate St. Joseph’s Day today, March 19. The holiday is lesser-known, but just as awesome. Instead of green, one wears red, and instead of eating corned beef and cabbage, you get to eat zeppole–delectable puff pastries full of cream, then topped off with whipped cream and cherries. Yum! St. Joseph’s Day was surprisingly absent in Boston (ok, maybe that’s not to surprising–everyone is still recovering from St. Patty’s in Southie by the time the 19th rolls around), but luckily, my neighborhood in Brooklyn (Carroll Gardens) is very proud of its vibrant Italian population. There’s an Italian bakery on practically every corner, and no one will look at me funny when I order zeppole. Just like home!

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Like any good Italian girl, I wanted to wear red today. Sadly, the only red I have in my closet is a thick sweater, and it’s NOT sweater weather out there today. Clearly, I need to rectify this situation. Here are some red items I think would brighten up my closet:

Red for St. Joseph's Day

Items from top left to right:

J. Crew Painter stripe bateau tee: $31.90 (sale!)

Modcloth Elegant Errands blouse: $38

Topshop cotton belted skater dress: $66

Oasis Lantern pleat dress: $95

Mother the Looker Bonfire cropped skinny jeans: $147 (sale!)

Ann Taylor matte jersey skirt: $68


Do you celebrate St. Joseph’s Day? What is your favorite underrated holiday?



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  1. March 19, 2012

    This post makes me beyond happy! Until I left RI, I thought everyone celebrated St. Joseph’s Day.

  2. March 19, 2012

    Wow, St. Joseph’s Day– I’ve never heard of such a festive follow-up to the spring Irish holiday. But I DO have a wine to go with the holiday: a Rosso di Montalcino called, appropriately “Rocca del Cardinale.” (you know, like cardinal red?) It’s from Tuscany, is deliciously fruity but also complex and smooth, and you can get a lovely glass or bottle at everyone’s favorite East Village eatery, I Coppi (…. not that I’m biased or anything….

  3. Raquel permalink
    March 19, 2012

    Yay, saint holidays! My Cuban family actually sends greetings to each other on their respective saints’ days–what can I say, Latinos also love their saints! I don’t have a saint (there’s no Saint Raquel, alas), so my cousin told me I should celebrate my middle name’s saint. Fun! It’s awesome to see that the tradition you loved in RI is alive and well in NY! If I had time, I’d cruise over to the North End today and see if people there are all a-tizzy for St. Joe. (And use it as an excuse to gorge on goodies.)

    I adore red and can’t wait to see you in more of it. With your fair coloring, I think you will look SMASHING in a bright tomato red! Make sure you share photos of yourself in your new red duds! :)

  4. March 19, 2012

    Nice! St. Joseph’s Day is a big deal in Spain too. In Valencia, where my grandfather was from, there is an annual celebration called Las Fallas. Enormous elaborate papier-mâché sculptures are made over the months leading up to the festival and on St Joseph’s Day they are paraded around the city and then burned. Yes, burned. So the entire city seems as though it’s up in flames. The next day, they clean up the mess and the city starts planning for next year. It’s one of the many bizarre Spanish traditions… Check it out:! :)

    Anyway, I’m glad you got to enjoy it in Brooklyn!

  5. March 19, 2012

    that sounds like a much funner holiday- i went to the st. patty’s day parade and could only take a few hours of it- perhaps it’s because i am not one speck of irish!


  6. March 19, 2012

    I grew up in Buffalo, NY and St. Joseph’s day is celebrated there. I’m not Italian, but there were always St. Joseph’s tables at the schools I went to. I didn’t know you were supposed to wear red, though.

  7. March 20, 2012

    St. Joseph’s Day has always been a huge event in my family — my mom spends weeks preparing homemade breads and pastries (she even makes her own cannoli). I think one of the reasons I never cared much for St. Patty’s Day was because my loyal Italian stomach wouldn’t want me to be hungover for such a wonderful weekend of food. I can remember looking through photo albums in my grandma’s house of the huge tables of food they’d prepare and open up to the neighborhood back in the 60s and 70s. I haven’t been able to make it home to my mom’s table in a few years, but at least she saves some bread and a cannoli or 2 for me!

  8. Jill permalink
    March 20, 2012

    Yay, I am so happy to see so much St. Joseph’s Day love! I’m glad to know so many families have their own traditions and celebrations.

  9. March 26, 2012

    Can’t wait to see your post on V-J Day fashions – love those RI Holidays!

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