Every year on March 19 Siena celebrates a beautiful holiday with a long history, the Feast of St. Joseph. The story of a festival is quite interesting. The first time it was started back in the Middle Ages. The severe drought has fallen on the town; locals were about to lose all crop and starve. In a difficult situation they’ve sent a prayer to Saint Joseph, who had heard them and sent the long-awaited rain. The crop was saved, and to celebrate this joyous occasion citizens feasted on streets of Siena.
They put up long tables with lots of treats along the streets and feed homeless and needy. The tradition of street banquets has preserved to this day; as many years ago, today the festival can’t be imagined without an abundance of treats. One of the most popular and beloved delicacies are considered small rice balls named ‘fritelle,’ which are fried in oil – it explains the peculiar name of the dish.
Children are fond of the Feast of Saint Joseph, because in the festive day, according to another good tradition, parents should buy them new toys. During the festival, streets of the city host colorful fairs and shops, where you can buy local dolls and other toys. They would become wonderful memorable souvenirs; guests of the festival can acquire local cookies and other sweets as souvenirs too.
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