The breads of Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph's breads

Saint Joseph’s breads

I finally managed to record and film the preparation of the little Saint Joseph’s breads. As I already mentioned in the previous post, the celebration of Saint Joseph is a celebration of the spring and of the beginning of the agronomic year. The women of the village gather together for about one month, in which they create a variety of different religious and pagan symbols with bread. These will be used to decorate the altar of Saint Joseph together with lauryl and myrtle branches, oranges and lemons. After the celebration, the breads are distributed to the public going to decorate and bless the private houses. About two hundred fifty kilograms of flour have been mixed and shaped into the little breads. These breads, made from crushed seeds, are a fundamental part of the whole celebration. The women don’t have a specific educational background; they improvise and transmit their techniques, styles and tools from generation to generation. The whole preparation develops in a cloud of a loud discussion and gossiping.

Saint Joseph's breads

Saint Joseph’s breads

Saint Joseph in bread

Saint Joseph in bread

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