St. Joseph’s Day

St. Joseph’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Joseph, is the feast day for St. Joseph – which falls on March 19th each year. Saint Joseph is believed by Christians to have been the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the step-father of Jesus Christ.  In Poland and Canada, it is a Patronal Feast Day and is Father’s Day in some Catholic countries such as Italy and Spain. In Switzerland, it is a public holiday.

History of St. Joseph’s Day

On some Western calendars, St. Joseph’s Day was clearly marked on March 19th by the 10th century. By the late 15th century, the custom was adopted by Rome. In 1570, Pope St. Pius V extended its use to the entire Roman Rite. From the late 19th century through the middle of the 20th century, a feast day had been established to honor St. Joseph as the spouse of the Virgin Mary. It was originally celebrated on the 3rd Sunday after Easter but was eventually moved to the Wednesday before and re-titled The Solemnity of Saint Joseph. However, this celebration was abolished by Pope Pius XII in 1955.

St. Joseph’s Day Customs & Traditions

St. Joseph’s Day is celebrated all over the world. In Sicily, participants usually wear red and build what is known as “St. Joseph’s Table.” This table is often decorated with flowers and candles, and people place wine and foods on it that are considered lucky. Some of these lucky foods include fava beans, lemons, and foods that contain sawdust. All of these foods have symbolic meanings. Fava beans were the only things that survived a drought during the Middle Ages in Italy – which is why it is considered lucky. Breadcrumbs are worked into the recipes of the dishes because St. Joseph was a carpenter and the breadcrumbs represent sawdust. Some people place fish and seafood on the altar as well. However, what is not placed on St. Joseph’s Table is any dish which contains meat. That’s because this holiday occurs during Lent.

In Sicily, it is also believed that if a woman manages to sneak a lemon off of St. Joseph’s Table on this day, then she have better luck finding a husband. It is also customary for people to wear red on this day and to indulge themselves with doughnuts and crème puffs. In Italy, Spain and Portugal, St. Joseph’s Day is Father’s Day.

Since New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States was a major port of entry for Sicilian immigrants during the late 1800s and has a large Sicilian population, this holiday is celebrated by the whole city. On St. Joseph’s Day. St. Joseph’s Tables are built both for the public and by private individuals. These altars are then filled with a variety of different food – just like the celebrations in Sicily – however, these foods usually have somewhat of a Cajun twist to them. Afterward, all of the food is then usually donated to the poor. New Orleans also has a variety of parades and marching bands performing on the streets during this day.

In Switzerland, it is a public holiday in some of the cantons. The cantons which observe this day include Valais, Schwyz, Uri, Ticino, and Nidwalden. On these days, banks and schools are usually closed but many businesses may still be open. While this holiday was traditionally popular in Switzerland, it has begun to lose much of that popularity over the last several years and fewer people are observing it in this country.

St. Joseph’s Day is also traditionally celebrated in many other American communities, particularly those who have large Italian populations. This includes cities such as New York, Syracuse, Buffalo, Jersey City, Chicago, Gloucester, Providence, Kansas City and St. Louis. In Providence, some people will wear red clothing on this day – much in the same way that people will wear green on St. Patrick’s Day.

In parts of New England and the Midwest, American with Polish ancestry will often celebrate this holiday as an imieniny. Known as Dzien Swietego Jozefa, Polish-American parishes will hold St. Joseph’s Tables in solidarity with the Italian parishes. Since this holiday falls on Lent, no meat is served on these altars.

Things that turn green on St. Patrick’s Day

(CNN)Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, the world around us suddenly looks a little … jealous.

It’s not just Kermit the Frog or the Incredible Hulk or that guy in your office with the green necktie. It’s green food, green parades, green fountains and famous sites around the world that take on a greenish glow.
There are numerous theories as to why green became the color of the holiday. It is one of the colors on the Irish flag. Green also is the color of a shamrock, a symbol of Ireland — known as the Emerald Isle because of its lush vegetation. And traditional Irish legend held that wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns.
Regardless of the reason, the world unites around the color green on St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some of the most notable green landmarks.

Rio’s Christ the Redeemer

The 98-foot-tall statue in Rio de Janeiro gets a green glow.

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The Colosseum

Rome’s 2,000-year-old stadium takes on a green look.

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The White House fountain

The fountain on the North Lawn of the White House in Washington is dyed green.

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The Chicago River

It takes 40 pounds of dye to turn the Chicago River green. The dye is a secret recipe.

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The Empire State Building

The iconic New York skyscraper is lit green, white and orange.

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St. Patrick’s Day parades

And of course, green is the dominant color in March 17 parades around the world. Here, members of the County Carlow Association ride horses past St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York. The city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, dating back to 1762, is often called the world’s largest.

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Craig Mack: Rapper and P Diddy protege dies aged 46

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Image captionThe star’s debut single was nominated for a Grammy

Rapper Craig Mack has died at the age of 46, according to US reports.

The hip-hop star rose to fame in 1994 with the hit single Flava In Ya Ear, and was the first artist to release an album on P Diddy’s Bad Boy Records.

After splitting with Diddy, he released a second album, Operation: Get Down, but eventually left music and devoted his life to religion.

Hip-hop artists Funkmaster Flex, Biz Markie and DJ Scratch were among those paying tribute to the star.

“I just got a disturbing phone call. I cannot believe this dude is gone,” said Scratch on Instagram.

“He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life.

“Craig was my roadie on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night… Rest In Peace Lil Bro.”

According to the New York Daily News, Mack died of heart failure in hospital near his home in South Carolina on Monday.

Hailing from Brentwood, Long Island, he cut his first single while still a teenager, under the name MC EZ.

After it failed to make an impact, he worked as an assistant to local hip-hop heroes EPMD. They introduced him to Sean “Puffy” Combs – now known as P Diddy – who put him on a remix of Mary J Blige’s You Don’t Have To Worry in 1992.

Impressed with his contribution, Combs offered him a recording contract and released Mack’s laid-back debut album, Project: Funk da World, in 1994.

The success of the album was propelled by Flava In Ya Ear – especially the remix, which featured verses from Notorious BIG, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes.

The single was certified platinum and nominated for a Grammy the following year, while the follow-up single, Get Down, went gold.

However, Mack soon parted ways with Bad Boy Records – allegedly because of tense relations with Combs’ fellow protege Notorious BIG – and his subsequent releases failed break the top 40.

After his second album, he largely retreated from the public eye and in 2012 was filmed at a church service denouncing the “wickedness” of his former life.

He returned to music last year, releasing the 18-track Mack World Sessions album.

EPMD’s Erick Sermon said Mack had been working on new material at the time of his death.

“I’m devastated over the news of Craig Mack,” he wrote on Twitter. “We just finishing up his new album… Rest in Power Craig.”

Rapper Biz Markie also paid tribute, saying: “He had two perfect singles and the platonic rap remix. That’s more than most.”

Referencing the lyrics of Flava In Ya Ear, he added: “May he kick that ol’ robotic, futuristic, George Jetson crazy [expletive] in the infinite.”

Alvin Toney, an executive producer on Project: Funk Da World, said: “God bless my friend.”

Toney told the New York Daily News he had seen Mack in South Carolina last week.

“He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord,” he said. “He was prepared to do that. He wasn’t scared. He was ready.”

5 fab recipes for St. Patrick’s Day, from corned beef to Guinness cupcakes

From left, Tropical Mango Mayonnaise, Apricot-Bourbon Mustard and LB Steak Sauce, photographed in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.      (Mark DuFrene/Staff)

Fresh thyme adds a delicate floral flavor to traditional Irish soda bread.
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Guiness-laced gingerbread cupcakes get a final flourish of cream-cheese frosting for St. Patrick’s Day. (Milleflore Images)

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day deliciously with these tasty takes on classic dishes, from America’s Test Kitchen’s homemade corned beef to Guinness-spiked gingerbread cupcakes. Yum.

1 Miette’s Guinness Gingerbread Cupcakes

Life’s short. Let’s plan dessert first. This fantastic Guinness-laced cupcake recipe from San Francisco’s Miette patisserie gets its complexity — and deliciousness — from molasses, ginger, cardamom, cloves and other gingerbread spices. Add a pouf of cream cheese frosting and serve with a tall glass of Guinness. Yum. Find the recipe here.

2 America’s Test Kitchen’s Ultimate Home-Corned Beef

Sure, you could buy a strangely pink corned beef at the supermarket for St.Patrick's Day -- or for everyday sandwich-making. Or you could make your own, using tips from America's Test Kitchen. (Photo courtesy of America's Test Kitchen)
You can make your own corned beef at home. (Photo courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen) 

Sure, you could buy that strangely pink, supermarket-prepped corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day — or for everyday sandwich-making. Or you could make your own. Turns out, corned beef is simply brined brisket + six days. Who knew? Here are America’s Test Kitchen’s how-tos.

3 Sweet DIY Mustard

OK, technically this one’s called Sweet Bavarian Mustard and we’re supposed to be going all-Irish here. But this is such a wonderful, easy-to-make mustard and it goes so well with corned beef, we couldn’t resist. You shouldn’t either. You’ll find the recipe here.

4 Easy Thyme Herbed Soda Bread

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Fresh thyme adds a delicate floral flavor to traditional Irish soda bread. (Thinkstock) 

When modern Irish cooking expert and celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna — you may have seen her on the “Rachael Ray Show” — does a St. Patrick’s Day spread, it’s likelier to include gravlax with dill and juniper berries than corned beef and cabbage, but she always makes soda bread. Her easy recipe calls for just six ingredients, including fresh thyme. You’ll find the recipe here. Also, an explanation for the cross traditionally cut into the top of the loaf. (Psst, fairies are involved.)

5 Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Irish Soda Bread

At the risk of sounding blasphemous, Irish soda bread can be a bit bland.Not so in this version, though, that adds Irish whiskey butter and whiskey-soaked raisins to the mix. (Thinkstock)
This version of Irish soda bread adds whiskey-soaked raisins to the mix. (Thinkstock)

This version, created by baking maven Beranbaum, author of “The Bread Bible,” add butter, sugar and whiskey-soaked raisins to the classic recipe. The resulting sconelike loaf is even more delectable slathered in an Irish whiskey butter. (Irish whiskey butter!) Here’s the recipe.

Mother’s Day 2018

Mother’s Day 2018 in the United States

Mother’s Day in the United States is annually held on the second Sunday of May. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their mother and mother figures, including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers.

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Flowers and other gifts are given to mothers on Mother’s Day.
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What Do People Do?

Many people send cards or gifts to their mother or mother figure or make a special effort to visit her. Common Mother’s Day gifts are flowers, chocolate, candy, clothing, jewelry and treats, such as a beauty treatment or trip to a spa. Some families organize an outing for all of their members or hold a special meal at home or in a restaurant. In the days and weeks before Mother’s Day, many schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their mothers.

Public Life

Mother’s Day is not a federal holiday. Organizations, businesses and stores are open or closed, just as they are on any other Sunday in the year. Public transit systems run to their normal Sunday schedules. Restaurants may be busier than usual, as some people take their mothers out for a treat.

Background

The origins of Mother’s Day are attributed to different people. Many believe that two women, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis were important in establishing the tradition of Mother’s Day in the United States. Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. Her sons paid tribute to her each year and urged others to honor their mothers.

Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for Mother’s Day to be celebrated each year to encourage pacifism and disarmament amongst women. It continued to be held in Boston for about ten years under her sponsorship, but died out after that.

In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mother’s Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. Ann Jarvis had organized “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to improve health and cleanliness in the area where she lived. Anna Jarvis launched a quest for Mother’s Day to be more widely recognized. Her campaign was later financially supported by John Wanamaker, a clothing merchant from Philadelphia.

In 1908, she was instrumental in arranging a service in the Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which was attended by 407 children and their mothers. The church has now become the International Mother’s Day Shrine. It is a tribute to all mothers and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Mother’s Day has become a day that focuses on generally recognizing mothers’ and mother figures’ roles. Mother’s Day has also become an increasingly important event for businesses in recent years. This is particularly true of restaurants and businesses manufacturing and selling cards and gift items.

About Mother’s Day in other countries

Read more about Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Observances

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Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Tops $700M With Record-Breaking 2nd Weekend

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‘Black Panther’

Black Panther earned $108 million on its second Fri-Sun frame, a drop of just 46% from last weekend’s record-crushing $202m Fri-Sun opening. In terms of raw dollars, it is the second-biggest second weekend gross of all time between Universal/Comast Corp.’s Jurassic World ($106.5m) and Lucasfilm’s The Force Awakens ($149m). It has now earned $400m in ten days of release, which makes it the third-fastest grosser of all time (for now) behind only Jurassic World ($404m) and The Force Awakens ($540m). Even if you adjust for inflation, it’s still only behind Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc.’s The Dark Knight, Marvel’s The Avengers, Jurassic World and The Force Awakens among ten-day domestic totals.

It also joins fellow Walt Disney release The Force Awakens as the only other $200 million+ opener to avoid the “$100m-losers club,” as it fell only $94m between weekends. That 46% second-weekend drop is a record for an MCU flick, holding even better than Paramount/Viacom Inc.’s Iron Man (-49%), Paramount’s Thor (-47%), Walt Disney’s The Avengers (-50%) and Disney’s  Doctor Strange (-49%). Its $47 million Saturday (+66% from Friday) is the second-biggest “day 9” Friday ever behind The Force Awakens. Sure, it dropped more in weekend two than Wonder Woman (-43%) and Spider-Man (-38%), but the Disney tentpole is earning so much so quickly that it’ll be past Sony’s Spider-Man ($403m in 2002, sans 3D or IMAX) and WB’s Wonder Woman ($413m last year) in a matter of days.
Once that happens, then Black Panther will be the third-biggest grossing solo superhero movie ever.  Once it gets past $413 million domestic, it’ll be behind only The Dark Knight Rises ($448m), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($458m), The Dark Knight ($534m) and The Avengers ($623m) among all superhero movies. Once it passes The Dark Knight (sans inflation), Black Panther will be the second-biggest superhero movie and the biggest solo superhero grosser ever in North America. Barring an unlikely comedown, Black Panther will end next weekend just past the $486m domestic total of Finding Dory to be the tenth-biggest North American grosser ever and among the top 100 when adjusted for inflation.

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Oh, but it may not stay ahead of The Last Jedi for very long. It had a (much) better hold and a larger overall second weekend, but Black Panther won’t have the advantage of Last Jedi’s post-Christmas weekdays. The Star Wars sequel made more on its second Mon-Thurs frame than its first. That’s somewhat normal for a big pre-Christmas release, which is why I wasn’t sounding the alarm bells after The Last Jedi dropped 67% in its second weekend. Now Black Panther may catch up yet again after next weekend, but we should note that The Last Jedi’s $620m domestic total isn’t remotely the bar for Black Panther’s success.

The only thing stopping Black Panther’s momentum is the sheer amount of “big” movies opening next month. And we’ll see just how big Red Sparrow, Walt Disney’s own A Wrinkle in Time (directed by Ava DuVernay and starring Storm Reid, natch), Tomb Raider, Pacific Rim: Uprising (starring John Boyega) and Ready Player One turn out to be. Assuming Red Sparrow (which is pretty good but very much for adults and not remotely like Atomic Blonde or Mission: Impossible) doesn’t go crazy, then Black Panther will have at least the three weeks that The Avengers had to run the tables after Battleship and Dark Shadows bombed.

Age of Ultron had to deal with Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2 in its third weekend, followed by Disney’s Tomorrowland over Memorial Day. Jurassic World ran into Inside Out on its second weekend and faced Minions in weekend four and Ant-Man in weekend five. Even Spider-Man had to contend with Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones over its third frame. We know both that big movies can thrive alongside each other, and that a big and buzzy hit can hurt the competition. But there is something to be said for Black Panther getting relatively clear sailing for nearly a month.

That’s assuming A Wrinkle in Time breaks out, although I shouldn’t have to explain why many who worked on Black Panther will be rooting for A Wrinkle in Time even if it causes the MCU flick to take a big fourth-weekend drop. Heck, we could very well see a late March weekend where the top movies are (in random order) John Boyega’s Pacific Rim: Uprising, Alicia Vikander’s Tomb Raider, Storm Reid’s Wrinkle in Time, Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow. It may be up to Ready Player One to prove that big-budget franchise flicks starring white male leads aren’t box office poison. But that’s a highly ironic conversation for another day.

With Japan and China still on tap, Ryan Coogler’s MCU action drama has already topped $300m overseas for a $704m global total. It should be just over/under $900m worldwide by the end of next weekend, and it has already topped the likes of Man of Steel, Logan and Justice League, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($714m) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($709m) next in its sights. So, as noted above, Black Panther is well on its way to being the biggest solo superhero origin story/non-sequel ever. We’ll see if it can get past The Dark Knight ($1 billion), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.1b) and Iron Man 3 ($1.2b) to become Earth’s mightiest hero.