Buona Pasqua… rosemary for Easter

rosemary bumble bee

Above: A bee feasts on the blossoming flowers of a rosemary bush. Easter and the arrival of spring are a time of renewal and rebirth.

In many ways, Easter is a “bigger” holiday in Italy than Christmas is.

Indeed, until the time of the Napoleonic conquest, many Italian city states observed and celebrated the new year at Easter and not the week after Christmas as they do now.

rosemary trulli

Above: A wild rosemary bush in Puglia.

Easter and the official arrival of spring are a time of renewal and rebirth. And while many Italian families certainly will gather for Christmas celebrations in December in their hometowns, Easter is the yearly holiday that nearly all families will celebrate together.

And no Easter celebration is complete without roast “Paschal” lamb that has been seasoned with rosemary, a traditional spice used in Italy — especially southern Italy — for lamb.

Happy Easter to you and your family from the family at the Live Like an Italian blog.

We’ll see you next week. Buona pasqua…

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