This year Easter is not quite as we imagined it at the Epiphany – “that ends all the holidays“, as we say in italian.
The long-awaited holidays are now not that exciting, and the last thing we would like is to spend more time at home.
Easter, tho, is still very close; I don’t know about you, but we are not going to give up an opportunity to pause our diets and prepare delicious dishes, which can be enjoyed alone or in a lucky family company.
Therefore, aware of the difficulties of the year, we’d like to share with you the great Easter classics of Langhe with the hope that they’ll bring a smile to someone’s faces :-) Stay strong, we’ll make it!
The feast of the "egg singing"
The feast of the "Egg singing" is an ancient peasant tradition that developed in the lower Piedmont and follows the deadlines of the Christian calendar.
During Lent the young people of the villages went to sing the eggs.
The group of only men, equipped with musical instruments and a "cavagnin" (a basket), traveled miles on foot and stopped by each farmhouse to sing the auspicious refrain:
Soma partì da nostra ca’ (we left our home)
fin da la prima seíra (since the first evening)
per venirvi a salutè (to come and greet you)
deve la bona seira (wish you a good evening)
They asked for eggs as a gift, a product of great importance for the time, a symbol of fertility, of the countryside and its fruits of the year.
The collected eggs were used by women to prepare omelettes for Easter Monday.
The whole community used to attend this event.
At Easter, every family has its own traditions: there are those who usually meet with relatives for long home-cooked meals, and those who rather eat out and not have to worry about anything.
After lunch, some like to enjoy an intimate afternoon relaxation, exchanging eggs and organizing games and activities in the courtyard, while others choose social life by partecipating in one of the local events.
In Langhe the propositions satisfy every need, every age and every group of people: friends, kids, extended family, gather your team and evaluate the options.
Below you will find our selection of curiosities, recipes, wines, events and much more, to better organize these two days of celebration.
Our territory is magical in spring and, whether you are a local or a stranger, if you pass by here, you’ll find what you are looking for.
Don’t wait any longer, keep reading and plan your weekend!
The biggest mistery
Although we all know the reason for its celebration - the resurrection of Jesus on the third day of his death - few know why the date of Easter changes every year. To establish the date, in fact, the lunar cycle is followed: the day of Easter always falls on the Sunday after the first full moon of spring.
Enjoy the sun
Is Easter Monday synonymous with grilling?
Despite the crazy spring weather, if the sun is on your side, call your friends, choose the sunniest lawn and let the party begin.
Light the flame – you choose whether to use charcoal, wood, gas or smoker – armed with pliers and forks and pour yourself a drink.
It’ll be hours and hours of effort, mixed with pure pleasure.
Whether you are a lover of meat, fish or vegetables, we’ve written for you an infallible decalogue (with a digression on sauces).
Here are the best tips and tricks of experts and enthusiasts. After these readings, the barbecue will have no more secrets!
For sporting spirits
Whether you are a tourist or a hilly “indigenous” like us, there are many routes that you can take on foot or by bicycle.
And if you’re not a lover of the high hills, jump on an electric bike (you can rent them here).
Here are some of the itineraries that we advise for your trip in the area.
Discover the territory
Every part of the Langa has its characteristics. On foot or by bicycle you will have more chances to catch the nuances.
— Neive —
— Bergolo —
— Prunetto —
— Mombaldone —
— Cessole —
— Monticello d'Alba —
When it's sunny
Picnic, snacks and foraging
When the sun gives us warm and bright days, the desire to get out of the house increases.
In these cases, there is nothing better than a snack in the open countryside, surrounded by the tranquility that the daily routine keeps us away from.
Prepare some cold dishes and leave for a picnic or a snack on the lawns. Use the term you prefer, the concept is the same!
Don’t be discouraged by the recipes to put in the basket: in addition to the typical Easter recipes, we will gladly suggest others in this article.
Have you ever experienced the emotion of a picnic?
There are some elements that you must not forget for an impeccable success. An example? A great blanket to lie down and spend a few hours relaxing at the end of the snack.
Before or after your picnic, take the opportunity to pick up some wild herbs.
Some of the varieties you commonly see in the fields and woods of the Langhe can become a tasty ingredient for your dishes or a do-it-yourself remedy against certain ailments.