According to legend, there was a famine in Sicily many centuries ago. The villagers prayed to St. Joseph, foster-father of Baby Jesus, and asked his intercession before God. Their prayers were answered. With the ending of the dreadful famine, a special feast of thanksgiving was held in his honor.
St Joseph's Day is celebrated on March 19, and in many Italian homes, churches, and community centers it is tradition to set out food for the homeless and hungry. A sweet table, braided breads and fava beans are favorite dishes.