The tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes stems from 20th-century Italian-American immigrants who—homesick for the land they left behind—combined classic Italian dishes with seafood. The sea was a representation of the connection between their home country and new one.
What are the 7 traditional fishes Christmas Eve Italian?
- Acciughe Marinate alla Ligure (Marinated Anchovies)
- Brodetto di Branzino (Wild Sea Bass Soup)
- Crudo di Pesce (Fish Tartare)
- Paccheri con Sugo di Mare (Seafood Pasta)
- Pesce al Forno (Baked Fish)
- Pesce alla Griglia (Grilled Fish)
What religion is the Feast of the Seven Fishes?
The Feast of the Seven Fishes, or “Festa dei Sette Pesci”, is a Christmas Eve tradition in many Italian households. Most popular in Southern Italy and in Italian-American homes, this Christmas Eve feast stems from Catholics abstaining from meat in commemoration of waiting for the birth of baby Jesus.
Is the Feast of the Seven Fishes biblical?
The origins of the seven fish are not very clear. There are several Biblical references; the most repeated number in the Bible (over 700 times), seven days of creation, seven sacraments, seven deadly sins, etc… that give credibility to this exact numbering. For many families, seven fish dishes are just the start.