While in the U.S. this time of the year usually means time go to the beach for some fun in the sun. For Latin-Americans Easter is known more as a holy time for reflection that is mixed with Easter eggs that are made to given away.
This 2013 “Holy Week”, as its referred to on the catholic church calendar, began on Sunday, March 24 and ends on "Easter Sunday" March 31, which is perhaps the vacation day of the year with the most outdoors time spent with the family than any other holiday.
For businesses and schools in Mexico, this holiday usually means also a break from work and school, in which they are given the Friday before off so that it can be included for a full week of rest. And in the case of some professionals sometimes it’s up to two weeks off.
This Holy Week for Catholics also means remembering the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and also marks the end of the time period of 40 days (lent) of sacrifices that the faithful’s made in his honor.
Throughout this vacation period some Mexicans take advantage of activities near the sea, while others use this moment for reflection, vigils and also celebrate this date with the reenactment of of the crucifixion of Christ.
Among the traditions practiced in Mexico, the creation of Palm crosses two Sundays before the end of Lent is called "Palm Sunday," where the burning of some of these palms symbolizes the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, in which these same ashes are used to kick off Ash Wednesday.
Another tradition, much like in the U.S., is to color eggs. Except that in Mexico they are filled with confetti and sometimes with flour to make bread. Not with M&M’s or dollar bills.
In Baja California, Mexico, the calendar marks a two week period of rest, where there are also places where one can go and vacation at that are open and fun. Here in this state you can enjoy its beaches, deserts, mountains, food, fun parks, and many other things that the cities of Baja have to offer.