St. Joseph's Day in Ticino in 2025

St. Joseph's Day in Ticino in 2025
Mosaic of St. Joseph in the Church of the Holy Family in Linz, Upper Austria. Image by Wolfgang Sauber , via Wikimedia Commons
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2025 Wed, Mar 19Regional Holiday
2024 Tue, Mar 19Regional Holiday
2023 Sun, Mar 19Regional Holiday
2022 Sat, Mar 19Regional Holiday
2021 Fri, Mar 19Regional Holiday

Feast day of St. Joseph. Joseph was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus

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St. Joseph's Day internationally

St. Joseph's Day in Switzerland

The observation of Joseftag is primarily centred on Switzerland’s Catholic, German-speaking regions in the central and eastern parts of the country, but there are exceptions.

Of Switzerland’s majority German-speaking cantons, Josefstag is an official public holiday throughout Nidwalden, Schwyz and Uri.

Depending on the community, it is also a public holiday within the German-speaking cantons of Graubünden, Lucerne, Solothurn and Zug.

It is also an official public holiday in the French-speaking canton of Valais and the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino.

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.

Farmers throughout Switzerland - and further into Germany and Austria - traditionally used the weather on Josefstag to indicate the coming year’s harvest. There are many idiomatic or dialectical variations of these Bauernregeln (‘farmers laws’). If it’s sunny on Josefstag, it is said that it will be a good harvest.

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