On St. Joseph’s Day we wear red

Denise Ibarra, Staff Reporter

Just two days after St. Patrick’s Day we celebrate St. Joseph’s Day, but why is St. Patrick’s Day better received by the public than St. Joseph’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day has become a traditional holiday celebrated across various parts of the world. It celebrates St. Patrick and his help in bringing Christianity to Ireland. To celebrate, the Irish host big parades and festivals all while wearing green and shamrock accessories. This tradition spread across different places in the world making it an annual tradition on March 17. This would be a nice thing but only if it were the actual reason why people celebrate. Slowly, it has been adapted or symbolized into this day where you party and wear green.

Since this has become popular, it began to overshadow St. Joseph’s Day which follows two days after St. Patrick’s Day. St. Joseph’s Day is a feast day in honor of Joseph the husband of Mary and the stepfather of Jesus. This is ranked in the Catholic Church as a solemnity, which makes this an important day for the Catholic Church. Since there is no traditional celebration like St. Patrick’s Day, most people forget about St. Joseph’s Day, which is more significant to the church.

For St. Joseph’s Day, Italians love to have annual festivals in honor of this feast day. To celebrate, Senior Luciano Rolando’s family hosts a dinner and even has a priest come and bless their food.

    Between St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day, St. Joseph’s Day has greater importance to the church. So on March 19, remember to celebrate the feast day of St. Joseph and to wear red to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day.