After the birth of Jesus, it is said that Mary and Joseph stayed in Bethlehem for a short period. Originally from Bethlehem, Joseph had family and relatives there who provided them with food and shelter prior to their flight into Egypt. During the Middle Ages, the people of Bethlehem wanted to honor and commemorate their fellow native, and made several attempts to build a monument for him in the town. It was only until 1890 when a church was built in his name. Since then, the 19th of March from every year is dedicated to St. Joseph in Catholic tradition, where worshipers visit this church to pray and observe his life and death.