ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Local Chapters of UNICO, an Italian-American service organization, came together to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day, a treasured Italian custom, on Tuesday at Costa’s Restaurant. More than 80 members of the organization’s District X enjoyed a traditional feast.

According to CatholicCulture.org, the Feast of St. Joseph is held to commemorate the end of a famine in Sicily in the Middle Ages. Villagers were said to have prayed to St. Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father, for his intercession in ending the famine, promising him a feast in return for rain. 

Clark UNICO President Ralph Bernardo said Tuesday’s feast was complete right down to a traditional bowl of blessed fava beans, a good luck charm to be carried in one’s pocket.