Lunedì dell'Angelo (Easter Monday)
The story in the Gospel
Easter Monday in Italy
The day is usually spent with family or friends, with a traditional trip or picnic, and outdoor activities. One interpretation of this tradition may be that it commemorated the episode of the disciples traveling to Emmaus. Indeed, on the day of the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus, a few kilometers from Jerusalem: therefore, on Easter Monday, taking a walk "fuori porta" (="outside the walls" or "out of town") became customary.
There are different traditions that developed in different regions. From countryside festivals to the blessings of vehicles, art contests or food eaters competitions.Inspired by ancient farming traditions are celebrations involving hard-boiled eggs. For example at Fiorenzuola d'Arda (PC) a skill game is held where the two contenders must try to break their opponent's egg hitting it with the tip of their own, which instead must remain intact.
During the "Pasquetta" picnic, the secret is the menu, which must be colorful, tasty, rich and light, with eggs as a basic ingredient: therefore cold dishes, pancakes, pies, salads, pork cured products and cheese fill the wicker basket, together with a good wine and a traditional dessert. A traditional Neapolitan basket would include casatiello, macaroni omelette, sausage, boiled eggs, roasted artichokes and, of course, a pastiera!