Celebrating « La Pasquetta » in Italy.

“Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi.” (“Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you like.”)La-Pasquetta-–-Celebrating-Easter-Monday-the-Italian-Way

So goes the saying that Italians like to invoke on Easter weekend and, specifically, on Easter Monday or Pasquetta (literally: “Little Easter”).

A national holiday, nearly everything shuts down and Italians go fuori porta (“out the door” or, figuratively, “out of town”) with friends, usually to the countryside for a picnic or cook-out. A holiday that celebrates spring, Pasquetta is even, at times, more revered than Easter. Spending time with friends in the warm weather and eating oneself into a stupor– it’s eimagesasy to see why it’s a favorite.

Buona Pasqua e Buona Pasquetta!

Special thanks to Gisella Faggi for writing this post.

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