Easter , the Sunday of the Resurrection , Pascha , or Resurrection Day , is the most important religious feast of the Christian liturgical year , observed between late March and late April each year (early April to early May in Eastern Christianity ), following the cycle of the moon. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus , which Christians believe occurred on the third day of his death by crucifixion some time in the period AD 27 to 33. Easter also refers to the season of the church year, called Eastertide or the Easter Season . Traditionally the Easter Season lasted for the forty days from Easter Day until Ascension Day but now officially lasts for the fifty days until Pentecost . The first week of the Easter Season is known as Easter Week .
In Italy Easter is an important day for all the Catholics. We celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. It’s a public holiday, so people don’t go to work and schools are closed.
Without considering the religious celebration, the Easter is celebrated more or less as the Christmas, but in this festivities there are three different symbols:the Lamb , which refers to the crucifixion of Jesus, the dove and the Easter egg that are associated directly to the Easter holidays.
The tradition of Easter egg has ancient origins: the ancient Roman farmers placed underground in the fields an egg coloured in red, as the symbol of fertility and therefore related to the crop. It is precisely with the meaning of life that the egg became part of the Christian tradition, drawing the resurrection of Christ and the eternal life .
The bells mute. It’s tradition that the Holy Friday to Sunday of Easter in Italy the bells of the Churches don't play, in a sign of pain for the crucified Christ.
In this day, Italians use to have lunch with their relatives and later they give chocolate eggs as presents.
Another Easter sweet is the “colomba” (dove-cake), a tipical cake of the north of Italy, that has the shape of a dove, international symbol of peace.
A lot of people prefer to spend these days of holidays going to the mountain or to the sea….
After all there’s an italian saying that says:
“ Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi”
(Let’s spend Christmas time with your family and Easter with who you want!)
HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYBODY!!!
The term “PASQUETTA” indicates, popularly, the first Monday after Easter Sunday (properly called: Easter Monday). With this feast we choose to recall the appearance of the risen Jesus to the two disciples on the journey towards the village of Emmaus, a few kilometres from Jerusalem. It is standard practice among Christians, precisely to recall the voyage of the two disciples, and spend the day with a walk "Outside the Walls": a "outing" outside the city.