St. Joseph's Day around the world in 2020

St. Joseph's Day around the world 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 121 days.
  Dates of St. Joseph's Day around the world
2021 Various Mar 19, Mar 22
ColombiaMon, Mar 22National Holiday (in lieu)
LiechtensteinFri, Mar 19National Holiday
MaltaFri, Mar 19National Holiday
Spain Mar 19
Basque CountryFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
GaliciaFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
MurciaFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NavarraFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValencianaFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
Switzerland Mar 19
GraubündenFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
LucerneFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NidwaldenFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SchwyzFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SolothurnFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
TicinoFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
UriFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValaisFri, Mar 19Regional Holiday
Vatican CityFri, Mar 19National Holiday
VenezuelaFri, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
2020 Various Mar 19, Mar 23
ColombiaMon, Mar 23National Holiday
LiechtensteinThu, Mar 19National Holiday
MaltaThu, Mar 19National Holiday
PortugalThu, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
Spain Mar 19
Basque CountryThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
Castilla-La ManchaThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
GaliciaThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
MurciaThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NavarraThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValencianaThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
Switzerland Mar 19
GraubündenThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
LucerneThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NidwaldenThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SchwyzThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SolothurnThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
TicinoThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
UriThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValaisThu, Mar 19Regional Holiday
Vatican CityThu, Mar 19National Holiday
VenezuelaThu, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
2019 Various Mar 19, Mar 25
ColombiaMon, Mar 25National Holiday (in lieu)
LiechtensteinTue, Mar 19National Holiday
MaltaTue, Mar 19National Holiday
Spain Mar 19
Basque CountryTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
GaliciaTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
MurciaTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NavarraTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValencianaTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
Switzerland Mar 19
GraubündenTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
LucerneTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NidwaldenTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SchwyzTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SolothurnTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
TicinoTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
UriTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValaisTue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
Vatican CityTue, Mar 19National Holiday
VenezuelaTue, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
2018 Various Mar 19
ColombiaMon, Mar 19National Holiday
LiechtensteinMon, Mar 19National Holiday
MaltaMon, Mar 19National Holiday
Spain Mar 19
MurciaMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValencianaMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
Switzerland Mar 19
GraubündenMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
TicinoMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
UriMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValaisMon, Mar 19Regional Holiday
Vatican CityMon, Mar 19National Holiday
VenezuelaMon, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
2017 Various Mar 19, Mar 20
ColombiaMon, Mar 20National Holiday
LiechtensteinSun, Mar 19National Holiday
MaltaSun, Mar 19National Holiday
Spain Mar 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
Switzerland Mar 19
GraubündenSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
LucerneSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
NidwaldenSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SchwyzSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
SolothurnSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
TicinoSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
UriSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
ValaisSun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
VenezuelaSun, Mar 19Not A Public Holiday
  Summary
Feast day of St. Joseph. Joseph was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus
  Which countries observe St. Joseph's Day in 2020?
Colombia  ColombiaMar 23National Holiday
Liechtenstein  LiechtensteinMar 19National Holiday
Malta  MaltaMar 19National Holiday
Portugal  PortugalMar 19Not A Public Holiday
Spain  SpainMar 19Regional Holiday
Switzerland  SwitzerlandMar 19Regional Holiday
Vatican City  Vatican CityMar 19National Holiday
Venezuela  VenezuelaMar 19Not A Public 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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