In this article, I am going to talk about the Easter in Italy. Is it a day spent with family or friends? Do we have a particular habit? You can find answers to all these questions, and much more, in the following lines!
Christmas, Easter, but also Ferragosto or the Day of the Death are cherished holidays for the Italian people.
A popular Italian proverb says: “Natale con i tuoi e Pasqua con chi vuoi (Christmas with yours and Easter with whoever you want)”. We all know that in these ancient sayings usually, something real is hidden, but, in this case, I would make a small change: “Natale con i tuoi e Pasquetta con chi vuoi (Christmas with yours and Easter Monday with whoever you want)”.
Read on it to understand why.
Easter is a Catholic holiday that comes after the Lent, during which many religious celebrations take place, especially during Holy Week. The celebrations of Easter begin the night between Saturday and Sunday with a mass, the longest of the year, in which we celebrate Christ’s resurrection.
After these religious rites in which all the believing and practicing Catholics participate, Italians enjoy the fleeting part of the day, the party: they are together with their loved ones, and as usual, on this day too, they enjoy good food.
Two are the main ingredients on the Italian tables: eggs and ricotta. They are used to prepare any type of dish, from sweet to salty. And as in any party, desserts cannot be missing. There is a rich choice of delicacies varying depending on the area of origin. However, there are delicacies spread throughout the peninsula: chocolate eggs, Colomba, and the famous Neapolitan pastiera.
Easter Monday is the day following Easter, and in Italy, it is a public holiday. For us, it represents the beginning of the summertime, with higher temperatures and more hours of light. Most Italians spend this day not with family but with friends. On this day, it is customary to take the first gita fuori porta of the year. By saying gita fuori porta, we mean a day to be spent outside, generally in close places that allow us to come back home in the evening.
Whether this trip is a short trip to the lake, a relaxing day in the countryside, or a hike in the mountains, the watchword is to be outdoor (obviously weather permitting), enjoying spring and why not, doing a picnic or a barbecue in good company.
Do you celebrate Easter? And do you have in your own country the Pasquetta’s Day? Let me know in the comment! 🙂
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