Wednesday, January 20, 2010

St. Joseph's Day and Foodways

Below is a picture of a St. Joseph's altar (modern)

St. Joseph's Day is a religious and cultural celebration in which food and religious faith both play an important part.

What does the food represent?
Consider the ingredients, the preparation (where, when, how, why), the final shape it takes, how it is consumed.

How about the religious aspects?
Why an altar? What do the elements represent? What are the origins of the tradition? What are the expectations of the participants?

Here is a great website that discusses some of this material.

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