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 easy to see why it’s a favorite.
Buona Pasqua e Buona Pasquetta!
Special thanks to Gisella Faggi for writing this post.