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March 19: St. Joseph’s Day

I've been waiting for this day to post a picture of the one and only shrine I saw on my recent trip to Paris. I found St. Joseph and Baby Jesus perched up high on a building in Montmartre, not far from the Place du Tertre. The appearance of the niche and the building's exterior is a bit sad, with the peeling paint and plaster cracks, but the statue seems to be in relatively good shape.

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Below is a re-post of my entry from May 28, 2008 about a shrine of San Giuseppe in Palermo. On this day, I imagine the shrine adorned with fresh flowers and witnessing the bonfire that will take place tonight, in front of the neighborhood's church.

Humble shrine in an alley not far from where my relatives live in Palermo. On the feast of Saint Joseph, March 19, the shrine is decorated with flowers and candles. Sfinci di San Giuseppe - Sicilian doughnuts - are made and eaten on that day and bonfires are lit in honor of the saint and to celebrate the end of winter.

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Comments (4)

What a wonderful find in Paris! It's a very nice statue and niche. And I love seeing the Palermo shrine again - it's got that rustic folk art charm that I love about so many shrines. I would love to try one of those doughnuts. :)

I think it's so cool that St. Joseph's day coincides with the end of winter. I can't remember ever being more happy to see spring arrive than I am this year. Happy St. Joseph's Day to you!

Beautiful shrine, Maria.

sandrac:

Wonderful shrines -- they don't seem as common in France as in Italy.

I love the colours on the Palermo shrine.

Great post and cool shrines! I love that you were able to find the St. Joseph shrine in France.

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