The week is more than just Spring Break from school. It is also more than chocolate bunnies, pretty pastel baskets and colored eggs.
Not being a devout practicing Christian for years Easter meant just that for me...Spring Break, Easter egg hunts and a church service. It wasn't until I spent a vacation in Guatemala during Semana Santa that the magnitude of the week really hit me. It was there in Antigua that I guess I really discovered the strength of one's faith.
The people of Antigua were all encompassed in the week long celebration, everything revolved around the festivities and preparation for Easter. The entire city was decorated for the holiday but it was about their faith not about commercialism.
My understanding is that the Hispanic communities Semana Santa festivities are second only to the activities that are held at the Vatican.
It is a bit late this year but if you want to truly celebrate Holy Week next year, with something more than a trip to the beach consider visiting a city in a Spanish speaking country. I am sure that it will be memorable with something more than a sunburn!