Every year the Catholic Church blesses throats on February 3, which is the feast day of St Blaise. The blessing of throats began in the Middle Ages and is practiced with two consecrated candles, which are crossed. A priest or deacon touches the crossed candles to the throats of the faithful. As a boy growing up in New Orleans, I can remember having my throat blessed every year.
Legend has it that in 316 St Blaise, the bishop of Sebastea (modern Sivas, Turkey), was arrested during a period of persecution. As he was being led to prison, a mother laid before St Blaise her son who was choking on a fish bone. St Blaise prayed over the boy, and he was healed. As a result St Blaise is the patron of those suffering from throat ailments.