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The Nicean Council decided, in A.D. 325, that Easter would be celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox, unless the first full moon also rose on a Sunday, in which case Easter would be celebrated the Sunday after that. For over 1500 years we have continued to mark the celebration of Easter based on these calculations.

The religious celebration of Easter is strictly attached to other traditional and religious events, namely Carnevale and, of course, Lent. Carnevale officially starts in January and lasts up until Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), the last three days before Lent being especially festive. Carnevale is best known to Americans as Mardi Gras, which are based upon the celebration of Shrove or "Fat" Tuesday (Martedì Grasso).

Many are probably aware that, during Lent, Catholics give up meat, at least on Fridays. Older church doctrine, however, decreed that Catholics had to give up more than meat for Lent: eggs, milk, and even fats were restricted for the observant. For this reason, the last day before the beginning of Lent became "grasso", fat, as people would not only feast one last time before a long period of abstinence, but also try to consume all foodstuff and ingredients which were to be banned for the ensuing 40 days. From this, the association of rich desserts and foods eaten on Martedì Grasso, such as frittelle and bugie in Italy or pancakes in the US.

Important traditional and liturgical moments happen during Lent: the Feast of St. Joseph (Festa di San Giuseppe) on March, 19 th, which is also, for we Italians, Father’s Day. Palm Sunday (La Domenica della Palme), when Catholics celebrate Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, a week before his Resurrection, in occasion of the Jewish celebration of Passover. Catholic tradition wants palm leaves and olive branches to be blessed during a large ceremony, then distributed to the faithful. Many churches still follow the tradition of having the priest knock three time from the outside of the closed church doors to symbolize Jesus’ entry in to Jerusalem.

Holy Week starts the day after Palm Sunday and ends on Easter day; the main celebrations leading to Easter Sunday take place during the Easter Triduum (triduum comes from the Latin triduum-ui and means "of a three-days lenght"), on Holy Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Holy Thursday is marked by the Missa in Cena Domini, celebrating Jesus’ Last Supper with the Apostles. It is during the Missa in Cena Domini that, as a symbolic reenactment of Christ’s actions, the priest washes the feet of twelve members of the community, to represent an ideal of humility and sacrifice.

Holy Friday is the day when the death of Christ on the cross is remembered. In Catholic countries like Italy, a solemn mass is held at three in the afternoon (traditionally considered Christ’s time of death), where the Passion of Christ is celebrated. Typical is the reenactment of the Via Crucis. The one held in Rome by the Pope is always shown on national tv in Italy.

Holy Saturday is a moment of silence and reflection for the faithful. Mass is without choir or music and, mostly, without the Eucharist. In the late evening, the Easter Vigil is held: from a liturgical point of view, the Easter Vigil is the most important moment of the year.

Easter Sunday, for instance, begins with a bang in Florence – quite literally! The three hundred year old traditional explosion of the cart (Scoppio del Carro) has its roots in the pagan ritual of ensuring a good harvest, and is now considered a bringer of good luck for the city of Florence.

Easter Monday, also known as Little Easter ( Pasquetta) is also an official Italian holiday that is often spent enjoying the fresh Spring weather with family and friends in picnics. The Racing Of The Egg (Palio dell’Uovo) is a traditional Easter Monday game in the town of Tredozio. And in Barano d’Ischia, a traditional dance called the Festa della Ndrezzata takes place on the same day.