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Creating a St. Joseph Day altar, although it is a labor of love, is not an easy task. Preparations are often made weeks, if not months, in advance and the person organizing it must be truly dedicated. Now imagine if...

Creating a St. Joseph Day altar, although it is a labor of love, is not an easy task. Preparations are often made weeks, if not months, in advance and the person organizing it must be truly dedicated. Now imagine if...

19 March - St Joseph's Altar. The altars are Sicilian in origin and pay homage to Christ’s “earthly father,” Sicily’s patron saint, who, the Sicilians believe, came to their aid with rain during a terrible famine. By way of thanks, the people of Sicily prepared a table with foods they had harvested as a result of the rain.

19 March - St Joseph's Altar. The altars are Sicilian in origin and pay homage to Christ’s “earthly father,” Sicily’s patron saint, who, the Sicilians believe, came to their aid with rain during a terrible famine. By way of thanks, the people of Sicily prepared a table with foods they had harvested as a result of the rain.

St Joseph's Day Altar  This celebration, on March 19, was held every year in my grandmother's home.  Food was everywhere.  One year we had over 900 people come to her home to eat.  We cooked all year long.  It was really something to see.  Sorry these times are gone.

St Joseph's Day Altar This celebration, on March 19, was held every year in my grandmother's home. Food was everywhere. One year we had over 900 people come to her home to eat. We cooked all year long. It was really something to see. Sorry these times are gone.

St Josephs altar - 19 March - palm fronds outside the building probably indicate an altar within

St Josephs altar - 19 March - palm fronds outside the building probably indicate an altar within

PHOTOS: Elaborate St. Joseph's Altars

PHOTOS: Elaborate St. Joseph's Altars

St. Joseph's Day altars in East Jefferson to honor saint | NOLA.com

St. Joseph's Day altars in East Jefferson to honor saint

St. Joseph's Day altars in East Jefferson to honor saint | NOLA.com

Today is La Festa di San Giuse. Happy St. Joseph's Day. One of the elaborate altars, New Orleans.

Today is La Festa di San Giuse. Happy St. Joseph's Day. One of the elaborate altars, New Orleans.

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