Buona Pasqua! The Diverse Easter Traditions of Italy
Easter is a religious holiday celebrated in countries all over the world, and although the basic celebration is generally the same, each culture has its own traditions. Some of the most random (and exciting) traditions take place in Italy!
What can one expect when spending Easter in beautiful Italia? Well, you will not find many chocolate bunnies like here in the United States, but the Italians do love their chocolate. On Easter morning, it is tradition to give giant hollow chocolate eggs to children and loved ones. These eggs come beautifully wrapped, but are quickly destroyed as the receiver smashes it with their hand. Why? Because inside of the egg comes a little surprise—more chocolate or a little toy. The chocolate shell is then eaten (probably all in the same day).
After a morning filled with lots of chocolate, the family will get together for a large lunch. Lamb is most commonly the main dish and is accompanied by various special family recipes. Mealtime with the family is one of the most precious things in Italian culture, and it is no different on Easter.