March 19, 2011: St, Joseph Day, Super Moon

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March 19, 2011

★~ St. Joseph’s Day:

The Feast Of St. Joseph or La Festa di San Giuseppe was credited with preventing a famine in Sicily and as a result, the day is commonly commemorated with a festival and special feast. St. Joseph’s Day, is also known as the day the swallows traditionally return to the Mission San Juan Capistrano in California. Every March 19th since 1776 (with very few exceptions), the birds come back to usher in spring in this Southern California seaside town.

★~ Super Moon:

A Super moon will make its appearance tonight. The largest full moon in almost 20 years. National Geographic quips the moon may not look faster than a speeding bullet, but tomorrow the it will make its closest approach to earth in 18 years.

★~ Today in History:

♥~1831 – The first bank robbery in America was reported. The City Bank of New York City lost $245,000 in the heist.

♥~1964 – Actor Sean Connery spent his first day of shooting on the James Bond flick, Goldfinger. FYI: Although many of the locations in Goldfinger are ‘American’, Connery never set foot in the U.S. during filming. All scenes where he is apparently in the U.S. were shot at Pinewood Studios, London.

♥~ 1983 – Michael Jackson’s Beat It, featuring lead guitar work by Eddie Van Halen,entered Billboard magazine’s Hot 100. The song, from the Thriller album, eventually hit #1 and was on the charts for 18 weeks.

♥~ 1995 – After giving up his attempt to become a major-league baseball player, Michael Jordan returned to pro basketball with his former team, the Chicago Bulls.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1848 –Wyatt Earp frontiersman, lawman, gunfighter: gunfight at O.K. Corral

♥~ 1936 – Ursula Andress actress: Dr. No, Casino Royale, Fun in Acapulco, What’s New Pussycat, Clash of the Titans

♥~ 1947 – Glenn Close Tony Award-winning actress: The Real Thing [1984], Death and the Maiden [1992], Sunset Boulevard [1995]; Emmy Award: Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story [1995]; Fatal Attraction, The Big Chill, 101 Dalmations

♥~ 1955 – Bruce Willis actor: TV series “Moonlighting” (1985), Die Hard (1988),Look Who’s Talking (1989), Death Becomes Her (1992),Pulp Fiction (1994)

★~ Did You Know:

♥~ March 19th (St.Joseph Day) traditionally a day to show hospitality. On this day, all who come to the door are invited to dinner.

♥~ Traditionally red is worn on St. Joseph’s Day. Why is red worn?  Maybe Mary mixed colors when she washed and turned Joseph only robe red; he showed up at the feast and from that time on red was considered the feast color.  Italians wear royal purple.

♥~ Giving food to the needy is another St. Joseph  Day custom.

♥~ St.Joseph is the patron saint of pastry chefs eating lots of sweets today is a wonderful way to honor his day.

♥~  When you visit a St. Joseph’s table, you often receive gifts of fava beans and breads.Fava beans play an integral part of the celebration because this was the food that saved the Sicilians from starvation. The bean is said to bring good luck, and it is believed that if  St. Joseph’s bread is kept in the home, the family will never starve.

♥~ A popular St. Joseph custom: burying a St. Joseph statues upside-down in order to sell one’s home more quickly.


I thought it was pretty cool, the first American bank robbery coincided  with the birth of  Wyatt  Earp. Wyatt Earp is the best known of all the frontier lawman of the American West. Soft-spoken with nerves of steel, he survived countless gunfights due to his extraordinary patience and resolute manner. I  had to give St. Joseph Day, the swallows  and Supermoon its due but really I wanted to visit about Gun slinging and  the Wild Wild West. . .sigh.

When you howl at the moon tonight- don’t forget to wear red!  Drop me a comment if you have the time–and if you don’t have time, this time; there is always next time.

9 thoughts on “March 19, 2011: St, Joseph Day, Super Moon

  1. Many years ago, would be mid 80’s I lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and a friend and I saw the BIGGEST MOON we had ever seen! I’m wondering now…if we saw the last super moon?!

  2. Looking forward to seeing the super moon tonight and eating lots of sweets today to celebrate St. Joseph. Think I’ll start with cheesecake…yummm Hugs, Diane

  3. Ah yes, the one who’s supposed to help me sell my house? Mmy Catholic friends, only they say I have to bury him in the front yard–facing the street so that he can call the people. Upside down, too?


  4. I’ve been honouring St. Joseph all day by eating chocolate chip oatmeal cookies…

    “Goldfinger” is the first James Bond movie I ever saw…

    Love Bruce Willis!


  5. The full moon is one of my favorite things. I arrived home by airplane last night and the Supermoon was the first thing I noticed when I came out of the airport. I didn’t get home-home in time to get a picture of it over the water or to attend my community’s monthly bonfire in the full moon’s honor, but it was beautiful nonetheless.

    I confess to a simultaneous curiosity about and aversion to fava beans. It all has to do with Silence of the Lambs. I am a grown up, but sometimes my irrationalities would suggest otherwise.

  6. We didn’t get to see the supermoon… boohoo! It was so cloudy here in Denver. My husband and I were up waiting (hoping) the cloud will move and we can finally see the moon, no such luck.

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