On March 19, many in the Christian world celebrate St. Joseph’s Day, the principal feast day of St. Joseph. Saint Joseph, as we know, was the husband of the Virgin Mary and Jesus’ legal father. While this day is not a holy day of obligation for Catholics in the U.S., it is considered Italy’s Father’s Day.
By the 10th century, St. Joseph’s day was dedicated to several Western calendars and the custom was established in Rome in 1479. Today, many celebrate by wearing red clothing, carrying blessed fava beans, assembling home altars dedicated to the saint, and