- Created: Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
Eat like an ITALIAN this Easter
The Colomba cake, is a sweet, eggy, yeasted bread (like panettone) shaped in one of the most recognizable symbols of Easter, the dove.
The Colomba cake takes on this form precisely because la colombain Italian means dove, the symbol of peace and an appropriate finish to Easter dinner.
“Christmas at home and Easter with whomever you wish” (old Italian saying).
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In Verges, SPAIN,the traditional “ La Danza de la Muerte” or “death dance” is performed. Dating back to the 14th century, the tradition has people dressing in skeleton costumes and parading through the streets.
“Colomba con fiori” by Picasso
It’s common knowledge that Easter is a major part of many religious cultures and belief, the most well know to us being the Christian celebration of Christ’s rising.
But this holiday also has pagan origins.
Ever wondered where the colorUed eggs, cute little bunnies, baby chicks, leg of lamb dinners, and lilies come from?
In FRANCE the Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte, Maincy, outside of Paris hosts an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday and Monday.
Some 35,000 eggs are hidden for hunting.
A GERMAN tradition of decorating trees and bushes with Easter eggs is known as the Ostereierbaum, or Easter egg tree
Along with decorated eggs, many of the customs associated with Easter celebrations are originally from Germany including the Easter bunny.