Pasquetta - Easter Monday
The tradition of Pasquetta is a closely-held one, maintained with almost religious fervor though it is a civil holiday. The day after Easter Sunday is called "Pasquetta" (little Easter) and is a day to relax.
It was instituted in the post-war period to create a long weekend, which allows people to have a weekend getaway, or at least a "scampagnata" (jaunt to the countryside). In fact, that is the main way to celebrate Pasquetta -pack a picnic and head for the country! Hordes of people go to the mountains, the hills, or the beach, or their own family's country property, to enjoy a picnic or a barbecue outdoors. It is the holiday that heralds spring and is a festive, enjoyable day.
Food often includes something with eggs, in keeping with the Easter theme, like a cold frittata, or a "pizza rustica" filled with greens and hard boiled eggs. Sometimes things get more elaborate, but often it is just a simple lunch of salami, cheese, hard boiled eggs, fruit, good bread, and of course some wine, spent with friends or family.
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