10:16 AM EDT, March 27, 2013
Anglea Gismondi-Salbe's grandmother used to say it every year: "Natale con I tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuol."
It means: "Christmas at home with your family, Easter with whomever you please."
Many Italians consider the resurrection of Jesus Christ a more relaxed holiday than his December birthday. But according to Gismondi-Salbe: "We really didn't relax much and still had family at Easter!"
Easter is a holiday that doesn't have a fixed date on the calendar. It's observed on the first Sunday following spring's first full moon. Easter Sunday concludes the forty-day Lenten period of fasting, penance and prayer.
Just as this special Christian observance of the resurrection symbolizing rebirth and renewal, Easter tables would not be complete without the culinary symbolism of eggs, lamb and bread.
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