The feast of San Gennara first arrived in the United States in 1926, when refugees from Naples, Italy gathered along Mulberry Street in Little Italy, a neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City (Shemanski, 1984). The feast is distinguished by three major elements: food, religion, and culture, as highlighted below.
The festival will feature a wide variety of Italian dishes as well as delicacies from other parts of the world. Desserts include ice cream rolls customized to the customer’s preferences, funnel cakes, and zeppole. Italian pastries that are served at the feast include Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, Sicilian Cassata, Cannoli, Semi-Freddo, Gelato and Zabaglione.
The event was initiated so as to celebrate the life and times of Saint Januarius who was the Patron of Naples. The day is normally observed on 19th September every in line with the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. Given that it is a religious event, the festival normally begins with a procession of the statue of San Gennaro as well as celebratory mass that takes place at the Most Precious Blood Church on Mulberry.
The feast of San Gennaro has emerged as one of the main cultural attractions in Little Italy. The feast has emerged as a large street fair that lasts for 11 days. It is a huge celebration of Italian culture in the United States and the Italian-American. The festival presents the American community with a clear understanding of the Italian culture and religious activities.
In conclusion, the festival is a clear depiction of the events that takes place in Italy where it originated. It has enabled many Americans to learn and experience the culture of the Italians as well as making Italian Americans to feel at home in the United States.
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Shemanski, F. (1984). A guide to fairs and festivals in the United States. Westport, Conn. [u.a.: Greenwood Press.