Today's New York Times Travel section features a story about Pasquetta, or Little Easter, an Italian national holiday. Pasquetta is celebrated on Easter Monday and it is customary for those confined in larger cities to venture out to smaller towns to enjoy the first warmth of spring and have a picnic.
The holiday is celebrated in a variety of ways around Italy depending on location, but they all tend to focus on food, and the copious consumption thereof. One example is the Ruzzolone, or rolling of the cheese, in Panicale, during which the contestants send a nine-pound round of Pecorino cheese rolling on a course around the perimeter of the ancient, walled village. The winner, the player who completes the course in the fewest strokes, gets to keep the round of cheese.