We all have our own traditions that we somehow tend to adhere a sense of loyalty to. Our fascination with Italy has led us to investigate the traditions of Easter (or “Pasqua”) in such a wonderful part of the European world.
The unique tradition in Florence is that of “Scoppio del carro”.
It’s a tradition whereby a holy fire is lit from shards of stone from the “Holy Sepulchre” during the singing of the Gloria of the Easter Sunday mass. Special statues of the Virgin and Jesus play a big part in the church processions. These statues are either paraded through the city or displayed in the main square. People in the parade are often dressed in traditional ancient costumes and the city is decorated with olive branches.
Food also plays a big part in the Easter celebrations because it’s the end of the season of lent. Traditional Italian Easter foods include lamb or goat, artichokes, and special Easter breads that vary from region to region. Pannetone and Colomba (dove shaped) breads are often given as gifts as are hollow chocolate eggs.
Their Easter cake, the colomba, is also a well-known tradition and many Italians bake it for the special day