Italian Families In The Delaware Valley Prepare For Feast Of The 7 Fishes

Dec 21, 2013 744

By Michelle Durham

It's a Christmas Eve tradition for thousands in the Delaware Valley, especially those of Italian descent, the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Why seven? What is the meaning behind this treasured tradition? Vice President of Anastasi Seafood, Janet Anastasi-Stechman explains why seven fishes are prepared the night before Christmas.

"The tradition is that you bring all of your family together on Christmas Eve to eat an odd number of fish. One of the reasons is that the Italians believe it's lucky." Which fishes are used? "Baklava is always one, smelts, squid or calamari, octopus, sardines, shrimp cocktail. It's open to any kind of seafood."

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