Father’s Day in Catalunya is celebrated on the feast day of Sant Josep, as I suppose it is in all historically Catholic countries. This kind of makes sense to me but kind of not. Joseph wasn’t exactly Jesus’s father. I guess he was a stepfather. He was married to Jesus’s mother and he raised the boy. Doubts aside, Sant Joseph, which falls on 19 March, IS Father’s Day and I celebrated in a limited way by going to visit the fair.
The Fira de Sant Josep in Figueres is also the Fira del Brunyol. A brunyol is a kind of donut, but without a hole. It is dough that is fried and sprinkled with sugar and eaten during the days before Easter. I have nothing against deep fried dough covered with sugar, but I didn’t buy any brunyols because they were very expensive. So I amused myself by walking up and down all the aisles and only buying something to take home for my lunch: a spinach pastry from a Palestinian stand and humus from a Berber stand. The humus was the best I’ve ever had. Many of the stands had handcrafts, a few had stuff made in China or Guatemala, and off to the side was an antique/collectibles fair. But the best was the food stands. Overall it was colorful and tasty.