Find yourself celebrating Easter in Mexico? The country's second largest holiday is the perfect time to experience Mexican culture with plenty of festivities to celebrate. According to International Living, fiestas start as early as the Thursday before Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) in the state of Guanajuato , where it is known as Flower Day and the city is filled with throngs of people buying flowers. In general, the Colonial Highlands north of Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende showcase the beautiful pageantry of Easter traditions. The colonial city of Taxco features an elaborate Holy Thursday procession, as well as one on Easter, with hundreds of penitents carrying crosses. Following the holiday, make time for a trip to the beach, as celebrating Easter in Mexico marks the start of beach season. Often Mexican schools are not in session and families celebrate with a trip to the beach for the weekend. Northern beaches may still be slightly chilly, but venture further south or on the other side of the peninsula and you’ll find optimal beach weather. Just be careful—this is prime vacation season, so book early!