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Celebrating St. Joseph's Day

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Andrea Medeiros


Loads of people headed out to local bakeries, Tuesday, to get their Zeppoles for St. Joseph's Day.

Michael Manni owns Lasalle Bakery in Providence.

"The Italians celebrate St. Joseph's Day with a Zeppole," said Manni.

It's a pastry kind of like an éclair, filled with cream and topped with a cherry. And on St. Joseph's Day, Manni and his staff make thousands of them.

"It's one of those holidays where if you know someone named Joseph, you bring them Zeppoles," said Manni, "If you know someone that's close to a Joseph, you bring them Zeppoles."

"This is my second batch, but it's not all for me," said Katrina Norvell, "Actually this is for a friend who couldn't get out in the weather today, so I'm going to take it to her."

The customers know buying Zeppoles on March 19th is a Rhode Island tradition, but why they do it they're not so sure.

 "Oh geez I'm not sure," said Toni Charpentier, "I know I get some good pasty and I celebrate St. Joseph."

Saint Joseph actually saved Sicilians from a severe drought. To celebrate, they prepared a feast.

Part of that feast was the Zeppole. And there's a little more to it than that, Saint Joseph represents family, fathers and workers.

"We're reminded that our families are the foundations of our society, they have the workers that came, the immigrants that came, the Italians, Hispanics and the Portuguese all have a devotion to St. Joseph," said Father Dean Perri.


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