In Italy, Easter Monday is called “Pasquetta” and is a national holiday.
There is a saying in Italian that goes, “Natale con i suoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi” – which means you’re supposed to spend Christmas with your immediate family and Easter is for you to spend with whoever you like. Practically speaking, however, Easter Sunday is still a time when people often get together with family. Easter Monday, on the other hand, is entirely about spending time with friends.
A very popular Easter Monday tradition is to pack a big picnic and drive out into the countryside with a group of friends, enjoying what you hope will be nice weather.
In the town of Bessières, in the south of France, there is a festival on Easter Monday where a giant omelette is cooked in recognition of when Napoleon Bonaparte and his army stayed overnight near the town. After enjoying an omelette prepared by a local innkeeper he ordered the townspeople to gather all the eggs in the village and to prepare a huge omelette for his army the next day.
It is prepared with around ten thousand eggs in a frying pan that is four metres wide. This delicious festival is called La Fête de l'Omelette Géante.