Sunday, April 24, 2011

Resurrection & Liberation

In Italy, as in some other European countries, Easter Monday is a holiday, so banks and most stores are closed. In England it's a bank holiday. Of course Easter falls on a different Sunday each year - and this year most Orthodox celebrate it on the same Sunday as Catholics.

This year Pasquetta (as it's known in Italy) coincides with Italy's Liberation Day (always observed on April 25th), and public employees are complaining about the holiday that's been "stolen" from them. As May 1st (Labor Day) falls on a Sunday this year, they're doubly angry. In consolation, they got an extra holiday this year on March 17th, which marked 150 years of Italian unification

Happy Easter!

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