Feast of Saint Joseph

Why is the working title Saint Joseph’s Day? The Feast of Saint Joseph is important in many cultures, as it honors the patron saint of families, workers, and the “good death”–all important themes in my book. The Sicilian-American community in New Orleans has taken the celebration to a high art. Read more about the tradition here. These photos are from my visits to several of the more than 75 altars in Greater New Orleans in 2019.