How do Italians celebrate Easter?
The Holy Week is one of Italy's solemn holidays. Italians celebrate Easter all over the country with religious ceremonies, popular festivals, and some local traditions and rituals. Easter in Italy is usually a sweet time because it officially inaugurates the beautiful season with mild temperatures and sunny weather. In Italy, we have this very popular saying: "Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi," which means that you should spend Christmas rigorously with your family, but you are free to stay with who you want on Easter Sunday.
Obviously, these past terrible months of the pandemic have made it practically impossible to celebrate Easter traditionally. This is already the second year in which there will be no sumptuous Easter Lunch with relatives and friends, nor trips out of town. We will once again have to respect the restrictions imposed by the fight against Coronavirus and try to make this Easter – Pasqua, pronounced Pas|kwah - an intimate and decidedly less shared experience.
Holy Week in Rome
Italian Easter at the table
· The roast lamb
· A cake called Colomba (literally the dove because of the shape)
· A big chocolate egg (uovo di pasqua) with a fun little surprise inside
- Donatella Mulvoni