Holidays in Italy

Depending on the year, Easter Sunday or Pasqua can fall in March or April. Pasqua in Italy is a major holiday, more felt and celebrated than in the USA – closer to Christmas in importance. Some people attend Mass. Families unite for lunch, a big event often featuring lamb on the menu. Beloved Easter sweets like the colomba dove-shaped cake, pane di pasqua ring cake with colored hard boiled eggs and uova al cioccolato large chocolate eggs filled with surprises are given as gifts and happily consumed by all; they appear in shop windows weeks before the big day.