St. Joseph's Day (Father's Day) Date in the current year: March 19, 2016

St. Joseph's Day (Father's Day) Western Christianity celebrates St. Joseph's Day on March 19. This holiday commemorates Saint Joseph, the step-father of Jesus Christ and husband of Blessed Virgin Mary.

Saint Joseph was the a mere carpenter in Nazareth, but a genealogy shows that he was a descendant from king David. He was the husband of Virgin Mary. It is said in Matthew, that Josephs obeyed the direction of an angel to marry Mary.

Joseph knew, that Mary was pregnant before their marriage and he wanted to leave her. But archangel Gabriel came to him and said that the baby was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Joseph received his lot and they married.

Western Christianity countries have their own traditions to celebrate the feast. For instance, Italians lay flowers, wine, candles, fava beans, special breads, cakes and cookies on the altar on St. Joseph's Day.

St. Joseph's Day coincides with Father's Day in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and some other countries. This is not a public holiday and mostly it shows religious dimension.

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