The Feast of the Seven Fishes

Ask an Italian about the Feast of the Seven Fishes and you’re likely to get a lot of blank stares. But ask them what they eat on Christmas eve and the answer will be a resounding, “Seafood!” This meatless meal varies from family to family and village to village, but as per tradition, there is always a lot of fish.

Holy mackerel. Each December, Catholic customers line up at Stephanie Villani’s Blue Moon Fish stand at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket.

Ask an Italian about the Feast of the Seven Fishes and you’re likely to get a lot of blank stares.

But ask them what they eat on Christmas eve and the answer will be a resounding, “Seafood!” This meatless meal varies from family to family and village to village, but as per tradition, there is always a lot of fish. Read the story for more on how Italian-Americans in New York celebrate this feast year after year.

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