SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew Church celebrated the Feast of Saint Joseph on Tuesday, March 19, with a St. Joseph's table filled with breads and desserts.

In Italy and in many Italian-American communities, the Feast of Saint Joseph (San Giuseppe) is an important celebration. St. Joseph is credited with preventing a famine in Sicily during the Middle Ages when people prayed for the saint's intercession during a grought. If the rain came, the people of Sicily would prepare a large banquet for their patron saint.

Thus began the Saint Joseph's Day altars and traditions. Giving food to the needy is a Saint Joseph's Day custom. In some communities, it is traditional to wear red clothing and eat zeppoli on Saint Joseph's Day.

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The event was sponsored by St. Bart's, the Italian-American Club, and UNICO, the Italian-American service organization. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.