Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi

Spend Easter with whoever you want!

You have probably come to realise by now, I’m not a very traditional person. We’ve talked about this already in my blog and now that Easter is here, I find myself thinking about this fact once more.  There’s a well-known saying in Italian:

‘Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi.’

Which translates to ‘Spend Christmas with your parents and spend Easter with whoever you want!’ With this in mind, Easter has always represented freedom to me. It’s a time when I’ve always been able to travel freely, although this year I am so busy I would quite like to press pause on travelling. I just want to stay still for a little while!

Right now, my daughter Mia and I are in Ibiza, as I prepare to open my very first shop, BB’s Temple, on Good Friday (March 30, 2018) – if you’re here on the island please come in and see us! It’s been a very busy week, as the builders finish construction, the stock arrives, the signs are hung up, the awning is attached… non-stop action!

While BB’s Priestesses (my shop attendants) and I are putting the finishing touches on the shop and welcoming our very first customers, the traditional Ibiza Easter procession will be taking place all around us – it’s a very serious, religious parade that winds its way through the streets of Ibiza town, with all the people dressed in head to toe robes and pointy hats (ancient Catholic penitential robes) carrying enormous effigies of Jesus Christ up to the cathedral by candle light. Almost the polar opposite of freedom!

Meanwhile, Mia – who has always been a little more traditional than me – is feeling worried because she’s away from home and thinks the Easter Bunny may not find her to organise her annual treasure hunt. I’ve told her that he always knows how to find her … but just between you and me, I’m currently looking for a place on the island that will host an Easter egg hunt on Sunday so she can join in the fun (I hear there are quite a few)! The beauty of this island is that it’s so welcoming to people of all ages. Children from all cultures and all walks of life can come together and make new friends in the sun while looking for chocolate eggs, minus the trappings of religion or tradition. It’s all about freedom.

Wherever you are in the world, however traditional or non-traditional you may be, I send you love and light, and wish you a happy Easter holiday. Remember, BB always loves you!

Photography by Ibiza Photo Story