Three CT Seafoodies Share Their Feast Of The Seven Fishes Traditions

Dec 17, 2015 633

by A. Talbot

Despite all the hullabaloo surrounding Christmas, for many Italian Americans, one of the most exciting meals of the year happens the night before: the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. No one entirely knows how the tradition started, but a few details are widely understood.

For starters, Christmas Eve is technically a fast day — or at least a partial one, meaning no meat. From there, it evolved into a luxurious spread with various types of seafood. The number seven might be derived from the sacraments. 

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