Rios said her family spent a lot of time in church, and then on Easter day, they’d eat a vegetarian meal, which usually involved mole, a dish made with more than 40 ingredients, including peppers and chocolate.
Married to a French-Canadian, Rios said she adopted Canadian Easter traditions like egg hunts when her children were small, but still retains a strong emotional connection to her Mexican traditions.
Because her father was a Lutheran minister, Easter was a religious holiday in her Finnish home when Kristiina Skogberg was growing up.
Now the cultural co-ordinator at Finlandia, Skogberg said she does have some Easter remembrances beyond church. She said children grew grass from seed at school, and brought them home, and stuck fabric chicks on top.
Mämmi, the traditional Easter dessert eaten by Finns, is sold here in Sudbury at Leinala’s Bakery. Skogberg said she’s not fond of the dish herself, but it’s a tradition, so she serves it anyway.
Christine Sansalone, chair of the Caruso Club’s culture and education committee, said Italian Easter traditions mostly include attending church and eating large meals.
Among the foods eaten on Easter are colomba di pasqua — the Easter version of panettone — as well as eggs blessed by the priest and large hollow chocolate eggs with small toys inside.
Sansalone, who grew up in Mississauga and Tuscany, Italy, said she loves how strong Italian traditions are here in Sudbury.
Easter is “a very important time for the Italian community,” she said. “It’s a time to come together, a time to celebrate not only your religious beliefs, but your own culture and their own traditions.”