Traditionally, those Italians who work or study in other cities or abroad try to reunite with their family at Easter, even if only for a few days. Easter Day (Sunday) and the following Monday ("Pasquetta" or "Lunedì dell'Angelo") are non-working days. In 2022, Easter and Pasquetta are celebrated on April 17 and 18.
On Sunday, Italians make Easter lunch. Preferably at home, not in a restaurant (although many restaurants offer excellent holiday menus). Adults give children chocolate eggs with surprises inside. The custom of painting boiled eggs in the past was common in Italy, but now many families and groups of friends prefer to replace them with chocolate.
A sweet cupcake in the shape of a pigeon - Columba Pasquale - is always present on the festive table. The traditional recipe for this cake is with almonds and icing.