In Italy, Holy Week, la settimana santa, means millioni parades and celebrations all leading up to Easter Sunday.
But, even better, is Easter Monday. That’s Little Easter, or Pasquetta. It’s very Italian, an amen-astonishing day set aside to just revel in the spring weather. Cars are packed to the gunwales with food and Italians set out to go somewhere, anywhere.
They travel in packs, herds, and swarms, an extravaganza of carefree clans hit the road toting Easter leftovers.
East Monday is also known as Lunedì dell’Angelo, Monday of the Angel. It’s the day to remember Mary and Mary Magdalene at the sepulchre being comforted by an angel.
Since Monday is a secular holiday, no one goes to church. It’s the happiest of Italian Easter traditions. Even the Pope takes a day off!
There is a saying in Italian:
Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi
It means Christmas with your family, Easter with whoever you would like. Oh, and treating yourself to the last piece of Easter pie, you know….for fuel.
Buona Pasqua a Tutti!
ps In the unlikely event there are leftover (chocolate) eggs, do this.