The Easter bunny was not part of my Easter family celebration when I was little.
I grew up in Italy. Easter in Italian is “Pasqua”, and it is the second most important religious holiday after Christmas. Of course, because Italy is such an overwhelmingly Catholic country, the holiday is all about the remembrance of the passion of Christ. I attended many of processions and church events throughout my youth.
Easter for Italians has the same importance that Thanksgiving Day has for Americans. And the Monday following Easter is equally important and a nationwide holiday as well.
Chocolate bunnies are not common, [no Easter bunnies there] but beautifully decorated chocolate eggs are a traditional Easter treat and gift! Everybody gets an egg for their dear ones, even those who do not celebrate Easter religiously. They are so fancy looking with the foiled wrapping, see?
Today I am grateful for Swiss chocolate.