Pasqua Con Chi Vuoi – An Italian Easter Proverb (2)

This popular Italian proverb means, “Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you want.” I imagine Holy Week is full of festivities all over Italy! Please share in the comments any special experiences you’ve had during Eastertime in Italy.

Looking for more Pasqua-related proverbs? I suggest L’Italo-Americano. For Italian Easter traditions, visit Becoming Italian Word by Word (this is my go-to site for Italian culture and history.) And below is a “sweet” dual-language video by La Studentessa Matta that you’ll enjoy!


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  1. Brad Nixon says:

    We once were in Venice and Nice just before Easter, and could have devoted all our time simply to gawking at the displays in shop windows, churches and city squares. I did learn something about the use of palms shaped into decorative forms. When I was a kid, they gave me a palm frond on Palm Sunday, and that was it (the only time of year one saw one in Ohio). Not so in Europe, and I wrote about the elaborately-woven palms we saw in a post: Happy Easter.

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    1. What a wonderful experience to be in Italy in the Easter season!


  2. I’ve always heard: Pasqua con i tuoi, Pasquetta con chi vuoi. Easter with the relatives, the day after Easter with whomever you want.
    I just came upon a Calabrian proverb apropos of today that doesn’t bode well for my upcoming trip to the region: Si chiovi lli quattru aprilanti, chiovi jiuarni quaranta. If it rains on the 4th of April, it will rain for the next 40 days…. Yikes!

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    1. Yes the proverb is usually (almost always) mistakenly written/said as Pasqua con chi vuoi, but this isn’t true as everyone still spends Pasqua with family and going to church with falmily. Pasquetta or Easter Monday is traditionally a scampagnata or picnic with whoever you like-usually close friends. I love that word-scampagnata. It’s a little early but Buona Pasqua, Cristina

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    2. Hi Karen! Your version of the Pasqua proverb makes more sense! As for the rain, I hope the proverb proves incorrect!

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      1. Thanks, me too!! Buona Pasqua!

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