This weekend New Yorkers celebrate the Feast of San Gennaro, an 11-day-long street fair now in its 92nd year. What is the Feast of San Gennaro, and how did it become so popular outside of Italy? The Local has you covered with this handy primer. It’s that time of year again! #SanGennaro Festival in #LittleItaly, #NYC. @SanGennaroNYC pic.twitter.com/Lat0VEKgEp Who was San Gennaro? San Gennaro (sometimes called Saint Januarius in English) is the patron saint of Naples, martyred in AD 305 by the Emperor Diocletian for his Christian faith. Legend holds that Gennaro, the Bishop of Benevento, was on his way to Pozzuoli to visit his friend Sissios in jail when he was intercepted by the emperor's forces and eventually beheaded, after an initial unsuccessful attempt to have him eaten by wild animals. San Gennaro by Caravaggio According to Catholic tradition, a pious woman named Eusebia collected the bishop's blood in two glass ampoules as it drained from his body. First in … [Read more...] about The Feast of San Gennaro in New York: the biggest Italian street fair outside of Italy?