Every country has their own unique ways of celebrating international holidays, with their individual symbols and traditions. Even countries that share holidays seem to vary in festivities throughout the world. Easter, arguably the most famous Catholic holiday, is celebrated as a joyous occasion in many countries. In the States, we associate this holiday as a big symbol of the arrival of springtime. Often observed with giant bouquets of flowers for the new season, you might see a large, lifelike Easter Bunny hopping around at parades, while children hunt for hidden Easter eggs filled with sweets and other goodies.

 

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As for Italy, there likely won’t be any giant bunnies to be found. The religious meaning of Easter is very strictly attached to the events that occur around this time of year. Here is a list of the top most meaningful symbols and traditions seen throughout Italy during this holiday season.

 

The Easter Lamb is a popular symbol in Italian culture, representing Christ along with the flag of victory. This is often depicted in pictures that are hung throughout many European homes.

 

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Scoppio del Carro – or “explosion of the cart”Arguably one of the most different types of celebrations in Italy vs. in the U.S. is specific to the area of Florence. Here, Florentines honor the holiday by having the archbishop send a rocket to ignite exploding fireworks into a 30 foot tall cart in the Piazza. This stunning display is followed by a large parade and other festivities, symbolizing good harvest and good business.  

 

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Pane di Pasqua, also known as Italian Easter Bread, is a light, fluffy traditional dessert. The dough is made with eggs, milk and sugar, baked with the dyed egg resting in the middle, then formed into a twist and topped with sprinkles. This is one of the sweetest and softest bread recipes, perfect for the blissful Easter season. 

 

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Happy Easter and Buona Pasqua!


 

 

 

 

 

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