Josef, or Joseph, is one of the most common names in the Czech Republic and was, at one point, the most popular. This was particularly true for the village of Josefovice. For this reason, St. Joseph’s Day or the Feast Day of St. Joseph became a popular day of celebration for Czechs. The holiday is more common in Europe than America and Czechs share the holiday with Polish and Italians, particularly Sicilians.

The feast of St. Joseph (Den Svatého Josefa) is celebrated annually on March 19th in honor of St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and earthly father figure of Jesus. This holiday takes place during Lent, a time of fasting, and the holiday is traditionally a meatless feast in Europe. In contrast to the green of St. Patrick’s Day, Czechs wear red, which is the national color.

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In Cedar Rapids, festivities for St. Joseph’s Day occur on the Saturday closest to St. Joseph’s Day. There is a parade through the Czech Village/New Bo district.The 2016 St. Joseph’s Day Parade will be on Saturday, March 19th beginning at 1 pm.

The businesses in Czech Village and New Bohemia will be celebrating St. Joseph’s Day, as well!

Saturday, March 19th:

  • At 2:30, following the parade, stop by the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library to hear local author Dave Rasdal discuss his new book Czech Village & New Bohemia. More details and RSVP here
  • Sykora Bakery will be serving up Sauerkraut and dumplings, in addition to their usual baked treats.
  • Little Bohemia will be featuring Czech music and serving red beer, kolache, dumplings, and other traditional Czech dishes.
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Sunday, March 20th:






Photos: St. Joseph’s Day Parade snapshots from 1981 and 1983

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MyCzechRepublic. (2013). St. Joseph’s Day (Den Svatého Josefa), March 19. MyCzechRepublic. Retrieved from

Gunkel, A.H. (2006). Dzien Swietego Jozefa (St. Joseph’s Day). Retrieved from

Crow, N. (2013). Annual St. Joseph’s Day Parade Brings Business to Czech Village. The Gazette. Retrieved from:



6 Comments. Leave new

  • Mauryne Simoens
    March 16, 2018 8:09 AM

    This is a great celebration in Czech Village on 16th Ave. SW in my hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Everyone dresses in red in honor of St. Joseph’s Day, who was the husband of Mary, step-father of Jesus.

  • Allison Piper
    March 18, 2018 8:12 AM

    This looks fun but are there no more recent pictures? These all look from the 70’s?!?

    • Hey everything in Iowa looks like it’s from the 70S 🤣

    • Do an image search on “New Orleans St. Joseph Day.” It is celebrated throughout the city every year… with St. Joseph altars everywhere.

  • Eleanor Voeltz
    March 19, 2024 4:07 PM

    Sounds like a good time and l wished l could’ve been there …….

  • A Roman Catholic
    March 25, 2024 2:37 AM

    St Joseph is the FOSTER father of Our Blessed Lord and NOT his STEP father. There is a distinct difference in the meaning of the two terms. This is a common mistake which needs correcting wherever it appears. Please refer to your Catechism! Please correct your website entries. Thankyou.


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