Posted by Carter | Under Holidays
Friday Feb 27, 2015
5 Reasons You Should Spend this Easter Holiday in Italy
Easter is one of the biggest holidays in Italy, so spending your Easter Weekend in Italy is guaranteed to be an amazing experience. Italians have their own special traditions and customs to celebrate pasqua, the Italian word for Easter. With delicious food, joyous parades, inspirational services, chocolates, gifts, and time for family and friends, you won’t want to miss out on an Easter Holiday in Italy!
Almost every holiday we celebrate is associated with yummy food; after Easter Weekend in Italy, you’ll have tasted all of the best traditional Easter food. From grilled lamb, also known as abbacchio, to artichokes and egg dishes, Italians know how to cook up a delicious Easter feast. Don’t forget to try colomba, the sweet, dove-shaped cake served at Easter meals.
In addition to Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Italians also celebrate the national holiday of Easter Monday, known as pasquetta, or “little Easter” in Italian. There’s an Italian saying, Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi, which means “Christmas with your family, Easter with whoever you want”. Although Easter Sunday is typically reserved for family, Easter Monday is celebrated with friends. After a long weekend, groups of friends spend Monday together by packing a picnic and heading to the countryside to enjoy a lovely meal. For those choosing to stay in town, several cities host special events, such as concerts and silly games involving eggs and cheese wheels. An Easter Holiday in Italy is the perfect way to spend time with both family and friends.
During your Easter Holiday in Italy, you may notice the finely decorated chocolate eggs displayed in the windows of every bakery shop. These handcrafted eggs are a traditional Easter treat and gift. Besides the delicious chocolate, each egg contains a hidden gift. Italian children love breaking these eggs to see what is inside. Adults also join in on the chocolate egg surprise by hiding an engagement ring inside in order to propose to their significant other. Easter engagements are common because the eggs symbolize life, fertility, and renewal, all of which Italians celebrate during Easter.
If you choose to spend your Easter Holiday in Italy, then expect to see processions on Friday, Saturday, and possibly Sunday, as well. Parade participants wear traditional ancient costumes and carry special statues of Jesus and The Virgin Mary through the streets and into the main square in town. Some town’s parades are small and others are large events, drawing massive crowds. For example, in Enna, which is located in Sicily, 2,000 friars parade through the streets on Good Friday. Pick up a rental car in Florence to tour the town and see the parade called Scoppio del Carro, which ends with a spectacular fireworks display. No matter what city you stay in, Easter Weekend in Italy is guaranteed to be a fun time for everyone.
To fully experience Easter Weekend in Italy, you should attend a church service. As you explore the country with your Italy rental car you’ll notice the population is overwhelmingly Catholic, so finding Easter mass won’t be difficult. Whether you’re religious or not, attending a service will be truly worthwhile. From the intimate experience of services in a small village church to the awe-inspiring experience of services at St. Peter’s Basilica in the middle of Vatican City, there are several options for Easter Mass during your Easter Holiday in Italy.
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