|Marzipan Paschal lamb|
I have read that early converts to Christianity celebrated Easter every Sunday, causing discord among Christian communities of the time. In 325, the First Council of Nicaea, a meeting of bishops representing the Christian world, decreed that Easter would be celebrated the first Sunday after the full moon, following the Spring Equinox. Later, in 525, it was decided that the dates were to fall between March 22 and April 25. The 40 day period before Easter is one of fasting and atonement, beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending with Holy Saturday.
Starting on Good Friday, the church bells in all of Italy are silent in remembrance of the crucifixion
and death of Christ. Children are told that all church bells are turned toward Rome, and that they will turn back on Easter Sunday when they ring out joyously for the resurrected Christ.
|Perugina hollow chocolate egg|
Easter Day in Sicily is one of the most important food events of the year. In addition to attending church services, families prepare their most special meals and sweets. Traditionally Sicilians eat a main course of roast lamb for Easter dinner, along with a menu of baked pastas, marzipan or chocolate based sweets and other specialties
|pastry wrapped Easter eggs|
Auguri di Buona Pasqua and a very happy Pasquetta to everyone!Ciao a presto!