St. Joseph's Day in Spain in 2020

St. Joseph's Day in Spain in 2020
Mosaic of St. Joseph in the Church of the Holy Family in Linz, Upper Austria. Image by Wolfgang Sauber , via Wikimedia Commons
  How long until St. Joseph's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 246 days.
  Dates of St. Joseph's Day in Spain
2021Mar 19
Basque CountryFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
GaliciaFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
MurciaFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NavarraFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValencianaFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
2020Mar 19
MurciaThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValencianaThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
2019Mar 19
Basque CountryTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
GaliciaTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
MurciaTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NavarraTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValencianaTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
2018Mar 19
MurciaMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValencianaMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
2017Mar 19, Mar 20
ExtremaduraMon, Mar 20Regional Holiday (in lieu)
MadridMon, Mar 20Regional Holiday (in lieu)
Castilla-La ManchaSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
La RiojaSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
MelillaSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NavarraSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValencianaSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
  Summary
Feast day of St. Joseph. Joseph was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus
  Local name
Día de san josé
  St. Joseph's Day in other countries
St. Joseph's Day internationally
  Which regions observe St. Joseph's Day in 2020?
Murcia  MurciaMar 19Regional Holiday
Valenciana  ValencianaMar 19Regional Holiday

When is St. Joseph's Day?

Saint Joseph's Day, 19th March, has been the Feast of St. Joseph in Western Christianity since the tenth century.

In Colombia, St. Joseph's Day is celebrated on the Monday closest to 19th March.

In Spain, this is a regional holiday celebrated in Castilla-La Mancha, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid, Melilla, Murcia and Valenciana only.

In Switzerland, this is a regional holiday celebrated in Graubünden, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Schwyz, Solothurn, Ticino, Uri and Valais only

History of St. Joseph's Day

Saint Joseph was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus. All we know about Joseph comes from the accounts of the nativity in the New Testament.

He was a tradesman, commonly he is said to have been a carpenter, but it's possible he may have been a stone worker. He was said to have been a direct descendent of David, the great king of Israel.

Since Joseph is not mentioned in any accounts of Jesus' public life, his crucifixion, or resurrection, it is thought that Joseph died before Jesus started preaching.

St. Joseph is the patron saint of the Catholic Church, unborn children, fathers, immigrants, workers, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Despite knowing so little about Joseph, he still has two feast days in the Western church. In his capacity as the patron saint of Workers, 1st May was established as the Feast of "St. Joseph the Worker" in 1955. This is seen as an attempt to counteract the social and non religious growth of Labour Day as a worldwide holiday.

How is St. Joseph's Day celebrated?

St. Joseph's day always falls in Lent, so meals on his day are always associated with meatless dishes. In Italy a tradition is to serve food that contains bread crumbs as these represent saw dust since St. Joseph was a carpenter.

In Valencia, Spain, St. Joseph's Day is celebrated as Fallas, a city-wide celebration that lasts for five days.

The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates Saint Joseph's Day on the Sunday after Christmas.

Fathers' Day

St. Joseph is the patron saint of fathers and in some catholic countries, notably Italy, Portugal and Spain, Fathers' Day is celebrated on St. Joseph's Day.

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