Living in Italy means that the holidays of the Catholic church are a big deal, I love that. In Italian class I learned that contrary to Christmas which is a family holiday, Easter is a holiday to spend with anyone you would like. The Italians even have an expression for it, “Natale con i tuoi e Pasqua e con chi vuoi.” Which very loosely translated means that Christmas is for your family and Easter is with whomever you want; kind of fun. To celebrate Easter with my friends we decided to take part in an Italian Easter tradition that I recently learned about and was eager to take part in: the big chocolate eggs. I had seen them everywhere (grocery stores, cafes, markets, etc.) but I never realized their significance until I read an article on NPR. The eggs are commonly found during the weeks leading up to Easter in Italy and are considered to be a symbol of the rebirth and renewal of spring.
I had given up sweets for Lent this year so I figured what better than to break into one of Italy's beloved Easter traditions as a way of breaking my fast. And here is what I found inside a few eggs:
(Spoiler alert: prizes!)