South Fellini, the East Passyunk T-shirt shop, creates an ode to the Feast of the Seven Fishes

Dec 05, 2023 745

South Philly has a new holiday anthem, courtesy of a local clothing store. "If You Give Me Seven Fishes" celebrates the pescatarian spread enjoyed by many Italian-American families on Christmas Eve. The tune was written and recorded by the owners of South Fellini, the Philly-themed clothing shop on East Passyunk, and it comes with its own music video, shot in the streets of the Italian Market, near Head House Square and in an Acme parking lot.

The "seven fishes" referenced throughout the song naturally refer to the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The multi-course dinner was born from the Catholic practice of abstaining from meat before a holy day, like the birth of Jesus Christ. Unable to cook bolognese or a lamb ragu for their Christmas Eve dinner, Italian immigrants went all-in on fish — and by at least the early 1980s, the meal was known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

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